Override of Illinois school funding veto fails

Lawmakers in the Illinois House have tried unsuccessfully to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s changes to a school funding overhaul.

Supporters needed 71 yes votes to approve the legislation over Rauner’s objections. Monday’s vote garnered 63 yes votes.

The vote came shortly after lawmakers failed to approve a separate school funding plan hailed as a bipartisan compromise between legislative leaders. The House could take up that measure, which also provided tax credits for people who donate to private school scholarships, again Monday night.

At stake is state aid for more than 800 districts that haven’t received payments this academic year. While district officials say they’re able to open on time, many are worried they won’t be able to keep classrooms open if a deal isn’t approved soon.