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Day 1 of Special Session Underway

The Illinois House of Representatives returned to Springfield today for Day 1 of a 10-day special session called by a Proclamation from Governor Bruce Rauner for the purpose of passing a balanced state budget with reforms. To read the Governor’s Proclamation, please click HERE.

Special session lasted exactly seven minutes. That’s right – seven minutes. Those seven minutes consisted of an opening prayer, pledge of allegiance, roll call for attendance, and the reading of the Governor’s proclamation into the record – followed by immediate adjournment. If you had any doubts about the House majority’s interest in passing a balanced budget, this tells you all you need to know.

A quick point of clarification – when the Governor calls a special session, the General Assembly is bound to consider ONLY those issues which the Governor specifically identifies; in this case, “legislation, new or pending, which addresses a balanced budget and structural reforms including but not limited to property tax relief, job creation, worker’s compensation reform, government consolidation, education, term limits, pension reform and spending limitations.”
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) hosted a Town Hall meeting in Warrenville on Tuesday evening, updating constituents about the state budget situation and the K-12 education funding bill that passed the General Assembly on May 31. The discussion also included the need for real property tax relief and other issues of importance to local families.
You are invited to join me and Senator Mike Connelly for the "Straight Talk Tour" Town Hall Meeting in Warrenville this coming Tuesday, June 6. Get the hard facts about the state budget, learn how Illinois compares to surrounding states, hear about the new K-12 education funding plan that passed this week and what it means for our local schools and taxpayers; and much, much more.

We hope you will be able to join us for this discussion. Illinois is at a critical crossroads right now and your feedback is more important than ever. Our future is at stake with regard to jobs, taxes, education, pension debt and what kind of a state our kids will inherit -- if they even choose to stay in Illinois for college and to start their careers. We owe it to them to get this right, to pass a balanced state budget that includes long-overdue reforms to make Illinois' economy more competitive, job-friendly, and growth-oriented. Please join us and make your voice heard:

Warrenville Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
7:00pm
Warrenville City Hall
28 W 701 Stafford Place
Warrenville, IL 60555

Please feel welcome to share this message with any family, friends or neighbors who you think may be interested. As always, please feel welcome to contact me at any time with questions or concerns by phone at (630) 384-9719 or via e-mail at ives@ilhousegop.org


Sincerely,

Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District

Rep. Jeanne Ives
Everything in Springfield is a fight over money.  There is no bigger fight than the one over K-12 education funding.  The 20-year old distribution formula for General State Aid has been distorted beyond its original intent and folks from around the state have increasingly been arguing for a more fair system to distribute state education dollars.

This fight has heated up over the last four years pitting city against suburb against rural districts. It is also a fight between property-rich districts that largely fund themselves and property-poor districts who want more state aid. 

A seminal 2013 report prepared by the Senate Republican caucus in response to Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) continuous request for more money for their bloated system showed even more inequities.  That report indicated the Chicago “free lunch” amounted to $800 million and that, if anything, CPS should receive less state funding.  For example, the report highlighted the following about CPS funding from the state: 

  • CPS has 31% of those in poverty, but receives 47% of the poverty grant money
  • CPS has 17% percent of special education students, yet receives 30% of the that funding
  • CPS has 18% of those in early childhood, yet receives 37% of the funding related to early childhood 
In a recent Chicago Tribune article, State Senator Andy Manar, the lead sponsor of the new funding formula contained in Senate Bill 1 argued that the old formula redistributes hundreds of millions of dollars according to rules where the poor lose and the rich win.  Nearly all agree we need a change; and Democrats, Republicans, school administrators and education policy experts alike have weighed in on legislation to change the formula.