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Jason Barickman

Rauner-CPS feud could hold up school money for rest of state

Rauner-CPS feud could hold up school money for rest of state

Parents, teachers and students throughout Illinois could have a turbulent start to the school year if Democrats who control the Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner don't reach an agreement on education funding before the summer's end.

How to dole out money to schools is the last unresolved piece of a new state budget. So far, Democrats have tried to paint Rauner into a corner, but the governor is preparing to use his veto powers to force them back to the negotiating table.

When they passed a budget last week, Democrats inserted a provision aimed at pressuring Rauner to sign into law a rewritten school funding formula that he opposes. The upshot: If the governor vetoes...

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