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Republicans Say Illinois House May Lack Votes To Override Rauner's Education Veto

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Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding bill tomorrow.

The State Senate overrode Rauner’s veto with one Republican joining Democrats. But, in the House, the original bill passed 11 votes short of a veto-proof majority. So Democrats would require assistance from Republicans.

State Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva, broke with Rauner, voting to pass a state budget; but he said he won’t do the same for school funding.

"I don’t see any other Republicans breaking on this issue right now," he said. "As time goes on, if there isn’t a compromise and if schools downstate start not opening, that’s a question you’re gonna have to ask those representatives about how they feel about their districts."

 

If the House doesn’t override Rauner's veto, the bill fails. There currently is no backup plan to fund Illinois public schools.