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Illinois Senate Set To Take Up Funding Veto As Schools Miss First Major Payment

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Schools are still waiting on their main payment from Illinois government, as Democrats and Republicans continue to fight over how to divvy up the money.

The state Senate has announced it’ll take up the matter Sunday, but Illinois already missed a deadline.

That came and went Thursday, when state Comptroller Susana Mendoza said for the first time in Illinois history, her office could not send schools their first round of funding.

Instead, Mendoza released a different kind of payment earmarked for things like transportation and special education. That one was due at the end of March.

Mendoza said it’ll give schools a little cash.

“But it’s no substitute — no substitute — for the absolutely necessary General State Aid payments,” she said.

Senate Democrats reject Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s suggested rewrite of their funding legislation. Democrats are expected to try to override him Sunday, but say they’d prefer a bipartisan compromise.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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