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The compromise ensures a high quality education for all IL students and prioritizes funding for the most impoverished schools and students. In fact, Rauner expressed his gratitude to the man he has spent most of time in office demonizing: Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.

House Republicans had agreed to get 30 votes for the bi-partisan deal. When it comes to registering to vote in the United States, the burden has traditionally been on the individual: if you're eligible to vote, it's up to you to take the proactive steps needed to register.

A compromise funding plan that would ensure public schools can stay open this year garnered enough support Monday in the Illinois House to move forward. The new bill will instead enroll them into a 401 (k)-style plan. The State House of Representatives voted down Senate Bill 1947 Monday night before reconvening an hour later to pass the measure.

However, those in support of the measure urged members that this was the best compromise that could be reached. An override would require Republican votes, and there were no GOP lawmakers on record with supporting an override. One of the more controversial components of the bill is a proposal to provide state aid to students who attend private schools through a tuition tax credit program.

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday signed off on a bipartisan measure to revamp how the state distributes money to local school districts. Part of the agreement includes having a TIF Reform Commission study and make recommendations on TIF reform.

At the federal level, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has taken the lead on sponsoring a national AVR bill, and his proposal has 108 co-sponsors. "... This would be the first major education funding compromise in decades". The decision to call the vote again so soon, frustrated some opponents of the deal.

The Chicago Teachers Union was fiercely opposed to the tax credit program, saying it would siphon away money from Chicago Public Schools. For every dollar donors give, they receive a 75-cent tax credit.

"This is a good bill for us I think".

Under the legislation, the Chicago Board of Education would have the authority vote to raise property taxes by an additional $120-$163 million to pay for teacher's pensions.

As a result, the state missed its deadline to make payments to K-12 schools for the first time in history earlier this month, according to Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, leaving many districts facing uncertainty amid preparations for the beginning of the school year.

"Illinois already has the most competitive marketplace for workers' compensation insurance in the nation - reversing course and putting the state in charge of setting prices for workers' compensation insurance will do nothing to fix the true cost drivers of Illinois' workers' compensation system", said Steve Schneider, vice president for state affairs, Midwest region, in a press statement. Many taking issue with what they said was taking public money and sending it to private schools, which aren't held to the same accountability standards as public.

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