Thursday, June 1, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report 100-22

Alliance Legislative Report 100-22
LEGISLATORS SENT HOME WITHOUT A BUDGET
The Illinois General Assembly watched the May 31 session adjournment deadline come and go – again – without taking any action on a state budget. It was evident in mid-afternoon Wednesday that there would be no budget votes. However, both the House of Representatives and the Senate
continued to work for hours moving a plethora of bills that were pending on their respective calendars.

Illinois will be moving into the third consecutive year without a full state budget in place if no accord is reached by the end of June. Click here to read more about the topic including key legislation as part of the budget discussions.

SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR
Wednesday evening both the House and Senate approved SB 1, the bill that would replace the current school funding formula with an evidence-based model of school funding distribution. A key component of one of the pillars of the Vision 20/20 education plan unveiled by the Alliance organizations and others, the initiative was the result of years of work by legislators, school administrators, and school reform advocates. Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) shepherded the bill through the Senate while Representative Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest) took the lead in the House of Representatives.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 100-22, including more on SB1 and other legislative action.