An analysis by the independent State Board of Education finds more than 97 percent of Illinois schools will receive more state money under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amended funding reform plan than under the Democrats’ Senate Bill 1.
The top beneficiaries in McHenry County would include Harvard District 50, which would get $2,673,914 more than the Democrats’ plan in SB 1. Huntley District 158 would receive $1,648,317 more net. Woodstock District 200 would get $1,041,188 more net. Crystal Lake based Community District 155 would get $880,275 more net, while Crystal Lake District 47 would get $448,442 more net.
Chicago Public Schools would receive by far the biggest cut at more than $460 million net, but the Illinois News Network reported the governor’s office clarified it would make up about $220 million a year more to Chicago teacher pensions in separate legislation. The ISBE analysis was released Saturday to the governor’s office and the majority of Democrats in the General Assembly.
The state Senate is expected to return to regular session at 2 p.m. Sunday with the intention of taking action on education funding.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said education funding is a priority and he remains optimistic there is a path to “reasonable compromise.”
If the Senate successfully overrides the governor’s veto, it will then head to the House of Representatives, which will meet Wednesday.
• Shaw Media reporter Alex Ortiz contributed to this report