Rep. Long Reacts to Governor's Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 1

Streator… Rep. Long (R-Streator) released the following statement after the Governor’s Amendatory Veto of Senate Bill 1 which reforms education funding:

“I want to commend the Governor on the swift action he took once Senate Bill 1 reached his desk.  Now I ask my colleagues in the legislature to act with that same sense of urgency.  

With the Governor’s changes, all 852 school districts in Illinois will have the resources they need to educate our children. Prior to his veto, Senate Bill 1 would have directed 64 percent of all new funding, laid out for all of K-12 statewide, to Chicago despite the fact that they only educate 19 percent of Illinois students..

Most importantly, Illinois Valley schools stand to benefit from the Governor’s plan. Accepting Senate Bill 1 for what it was prior to his veto meant leaving millions on the table when they could be spent educating the future of our community.  

I have hope that my fellow legislators will support the Governor’s recommended changes to SB 1 or at least be willing to negotiate to find the most equitable solution.”

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