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Senate trumps school aid veto; House to vote

Senate trumps school aid veto; House to vote

Because the tally fell short of the number of votes required for an override, drivers in IL will now continue to receive notifications asking whether they wish to update their voter status each time they renew their licenses. Leaders of the 400,000-student district built the $5.4 billion budget expecting the $215 million to pay the employer's contribution to teachers' pensions.

Rauner vetoed the funding after Democratic Senate President John Cullerton denied Thursday that there was a deal that the CPS money was contingent on a statewide pension overhaul.

For months, Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool, whom Emanuel appointed, said the aid was necessary to avoid cuts. He declined to discuss cuts Thursday, saying district officials were prepared to fight the veto. The effort represents an about-face from last month, when Rauner said he would no longer go along with stopgap budgets, but the strategy also allows Rauner to appear flexible in the face of the state's grave financial challenges.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, looks on as Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Immediately afterward, Rauner vetoed the funding.

The country's third-largest school district has a "junk" status from credit agencies and was counting on the money to pay the employer's contribution to teachers' pensions.

CPS is the only IL school district where local taxpayers, rather than the state, pay the employer's contribution and Democrats have argued that's unfair.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders are set to resume budget talks again Thursday morning as a stopgap spending plan is set to expire at year's end, and the governor is laying out his terms before the meeting even begins.

IL has been without a budget for 18 months amid an ideological standoff between Rauner and majority Democrats.

The governor has said CPS money must be accompanied by a commitment to fix the state's overall pension debt to improve Illinois' fiscal health. "Let's get back to work to end the budget impasse and put IL on the right track once and for all".