Ives, Connelly, Wehrli offer insight into school funding status
DuPage County residents with questions or concerns about school funding can talk with some of their elected officials at a town hall meeting on Saturday at Lisle’s Benedictine University, according to a flier.
Reps. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) will join Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) to address the ongoing legislative actions -- and inaction -- to get school funding in place.
Senate Bill 1, the state's K-12 funding measure, was passed by the Legislature in May but not sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner until July 31, ostensibly for fear of a veto because of additional provisions put in place at the last minute to benefit Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Rauner did in fact use an amendatory veto to strip the CPS additions from the bill, then returned it to the General Assembly for reconsideration. As of Tuesday morning, legislators had not taken it up again. They face a deadline of Aug. 16 to either pass it as is or attempt an override. If they do neither, the bill will be effectively dead.
The Lisle town hall will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the university’s Goodwin Hall at 5700 College Road. The event is free to attend.