McConchie says Senate turned to partisanship to override Rauner veto of school bill
Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorne Woods) characterized Sunday's Senate vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of the state's public school funding bill as an abandonment of cooperation, according to Capitol Fax.
“Today’s override of the Governor’s veto was an unnecessary partisan act,” McConchie said in a statement. “I firmly believe we could have come to a bi-partisan agreement on school funding reform had negotiations been carried out in good faith.”
Rauner had called legislators back in late July to work on a compromise of Senate Bill 1, but when it was sent to him on July 31 -- two months after passing both legislative houses -- it still contained provisions he argued were unfairly favorable to Chicago Public Schools. He used his veto powers to remove those provisions.
“As one of the negotiators, I came to the table fully prepared to come to an agreement on how we can better fund our schools. However, good faith discussions never happened,” McConchie said in his statement. “In fact, the bill’s sponsor admitted in the press that he was never really negotiating with us. Instead the Democrats have decided to pursue a path of bailing out Chicago at any cost. It is now up to the House to reject this partisan, regionalistic politics.”