Rauner pushes ‘local control’ in property tax, school budget battle
CHICAGO — Governor Bruce Rauner says on Wednesday the state senate’s property tax freeze legislation is missing a key element: it doesn’t give communities the ability to control costs on bidding, contracting, and collective bargaining.
He used the Chicago Public Schools’ pension woes as an example.
He points out the new CEO of CPS is calling on teachers to pay their full share towards their pensions. But, the Chicago Teachers Union is against that. Rauner also claims leaders in Chicago want to remove pension contribution issues from collective bargaining.
Rauner believes flexibility in this type of pension showdown will help fix property tax problems.