Three days of the Governor’s Special Session to address the issue of school funding has come and gone with no progress whatsoever. House and Senate Democrat leaders have said they will transmit SB 1 (with the Chicago bailout provisions included) to Governor Rauner on Monday. The Democrats are stalling in order to cause panic and uncertainty for children, families, and school districts across the State.
They’re attempting to ratchet up pressure to try to force the legislature to accept the unacceptable. Chicago public schools pensions are underfunded because of decades of gross mismanagement and skipping payments.
I am standing strong in my opposition to this egregious attempt to put pension payments for Chicago ahead of funding for Southern Illinois schools.
Under the Governor’s plan, the Chicago bailout language would be eliminated, and that money would instead be fairly and equitably distributed to the rest of the state’s public schools. Every school in the 115th legislative district that I represent would receive more funding under the plan that the Governor has proposed. I fully support this.
The time for stalling and playing politics with our children’s education is over. Please call Senate President Cullerton in Springfield at (217) 782-2728 or Chicago a t(773) 883-0770 and tell him to send SB 1 to Governor Rauner so he can fix it. Our children, their families, our teachers, and school districts all deserve the certainty of knowing that school will open on time and stay open all year.
SB 1 News Links – Links to Interviews and Newspaper Stories on SB 1 this week listed below!
Opinion: Terri Bryant and Dave Severin Support Governor’s Fix for SB 1
WJPF Radio Interview with Tom Miller on July 28
Governor Signs Bill to Stop Politician Pay Raises – I was a co-sponsor of HB 643!
Shortly before Special Session convened on Wednesday, Governor Rauner signed HB 643 into law. I was proud to co-sponsor and vote YES for this measure in the House. HB 643 eliminates cost of living adjustments and mileage and per diem hikes for Illinois lawmakers.
This is a fundamental issue of doing what is right. Illinois lawmakers are already among the highest paid in the country. With the record of debt and deficits racked up by the Democrat majority over the last four decades, there is no justification for higher pay or higher reimbursement levels for politicians.
Illinois state law requires that the General Assembly must act in order to forgo cost of living adjustments and per diem and mileage increases. The provision in law is related to the fact that the Illinois General Assembly is automatically granted cost of living increases through a continuing appropriation.
I have now voted to eliminate my own pay raise all three years I’ve been in office. I was also a strong and vocal proponent of “no budget, no pay”.
A total of $74,434 has not been included in the base salary received by a member of the Illinois General Assembly from FY10-FY18. If the COLAs had been added to the base salary each year, the base salary would currently be $79,243.
Mt. Vernon Senior Fair Coming up Thursday August 3rd!
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