Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

IL governor vetoes bill that would control comp premiums

IL governor vetoes bill that would control comp premiums

Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday signed into law one bill that would protect immigrants who are in the country illegally from being detained exclusively due to their immigration status and another that would automatically register many Illinoisans to vote.

Legislation in IL that would have outlawed employers from seeking job applicants' compensation history has failed to become law, following Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent veto.

Top Republicans in the Illinois Legislature say they expect the House to vote Monday on a school-funding overhaul.

"Everybody wins in this conversation", said Democratic Rep. I want IL to be the No. 1 state in the nation for education. But after they were unable to override the changes Rauner made last month on the other legislation, the new bill was called again and passed.

As a result, the state missed its deadline to make payments to K-12 schools for the first time in history earlier this month, according to Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, leaving many districts facing uncertainty amid preparations for the beginning of the school year.

But exactly how much more money local school districts will receive remains unclear. They feared that without another funding plan available, schools would run out of money.

The plan approved Monday was hammered out by legislative leaders in closed-door meetings over recent days.

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The Illinois Senate on Tuesday signed off on a bipartisan measure to revamp how the state distributes money to local school districts.

Public employee unions lashed out at the tuition tax credits, arguing it would divert dollars from public schools. Initially unveiled earlier in the day, the measure includes $75 million per year in tax credits for people who contribute to private school scholarships. Who gets hurt? No one gets hurt.

"At a time when many states across the country are setting high hurdles between citizens and the ballot box, Illinois is at the forefront of a movement to make full voter participation a reality", said Ra Joy, executive director of CHANGE Illinois, a government reform group.

Students receiving the scholarships must have a total household income of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or $73,800 annually for a family of four.

That provision of the law was backed by Roman Catholic Archbishop Blase Cupich, who said in an email to Emanuel, that the program "would be an enormous boost to the Chicago schools and the thousands of parents who use our schools". No school is expected to lose funding under the plan, and the hope is that more state education spending could help lower property taxes in communities that rely on those dollars to prop up their schools.

Teacher unions opposed the credits, saying taxpayer money shouldn't be used toward private schools.

Tracy said she supported the Governor's proposed changes to Senate Bill 1 and would have voted against the override. The State House of Representatives voted down Senate Bill 1947 Monday night before reconvening an hour later to pass the measure. But that's an uphill climb because it did not pass with enough votes to override.

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