Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD — Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s vote to override the governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1:

“Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 was a short-sighted political move that would be devastating for Illinois schools. The governor intended to harm Chicago, but in reality, poor districts across the state would lose money if his amendatory veto were to take effect.

“Senate Bill 1 is the only plan that ensures no Illinois schools lose funding. Hundreds of superintendents, educators and advocacy groups have come out in support of the SB1 because it's a fair and equitable plan that would provide long-term stability and certainty to our schools.

“I am proud to vote to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1. It’s time to put politics aside and fix Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation school funding formula once and for all.”


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Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the statement below after Gov. Rauner issued an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, a proposal that would give Illinois students a fair, evidence-based funding formula for the first time in two decades. 

"I'm exhausted with the governors constant misinformation and revisionist history regarding events in Springfield. For months, Republicans and Democrats have attempted to work with the governor’s office to come to a compromise for a fair education funding formula. Republicans and Democrats have been working on this particular funding formula for 5 years. Despite his own education secretary saying she agreed with 90% of Senate Bill 1, he still decided he couldn’t support the proposal.

"It's apparent he never intended to negotiate. Instead, he took every opportunity he could to mischaracterize the bill for campaign purposes. Every school district is treated the same in this funding formula and any claim to the contrary is nothing more than misinformation. 

“This brinksmanship needs to end and school funding reform needs to pass. I will continue to work across the aisle to ensure Illinois has a fair school funding formula to benefit all students."

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Senator Melinda Bush debates on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Special session costs won’t increase thanks to a measure sponsored by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) that freezes reimbursements and salaries for General Assembly members.

The measure was signed into law today after Bush publicly called on the governor to save taxpayer dollars and sign the legislation.

“The special sessions the governor has demanded are expensive, costing taxpayers upwards of $48,000 each day,” Bush said. “I am pleased that the governor signed my measure to prevent his special sessions from becoming even more expensive.”

House Bill 643 freezes the Illinois General Assembly's mileage reimbursement and per diem rates at previous levels. Without Bush’s measure, the per diem rate for legislators would jump from $111 to $142 and the mileage reimbursement rate would go from $0.39 per mile to $0.535 per mile.

“I encourage the governor to go one step further in saving money for Illinois taxpayers by disclosing his plans for his school funding veto and meeting with legislative leaders to negotiate a plan instead of wasting Illinois tax dollars on unnecessary special sessions,” Bush said.

House Bill 643 was sent to the governor on June 29 after it passed both chambers with bipartisan support.

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Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Special session could cost taxpayers more money if the governor fails to sign legislation to freeze reimbursements.

“There’s a bill sitting on the governor’s desk that would freeze pay rates and reimbursements for legislators. It’s been on his desk since June 29,” said Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), sponsor of the legislation. “The governor’s special sessions are needlessly expensive, costing taxpayers upwards of $48,000 each day. If the governor doesn’t sign this bill, the special sessions he’s demanding become even more expensive.”

House Bill 643 freezes the Illinois General Assembly's mileage reimbursement and per diem rates at previous levels. If the governor does not sign the measure, the per diem rate for legislators will jump from $111 to $142 and the mileage reimbursement rate will go from $0.39 per mile to $0.535 per mile.

In addition, the initiative eliminates the automatic cost of living adjustment for legislators. The Comptroller's Office states that the FY 18 cost of living adjustment would be 2.1 percent without the passage of a freeze.

“As legislators, we’re doing what we can to keep costs down,” Bush said. “The governor already vetoed a budget that cut government spending by $3 billion. The governor should rein in the costs of his special sessions by signing this bill.”

House Bill 643 was sent to the governor on June 29 after it passed both chambers with bipartisan support.  

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