CHICAGO -- Governor Rauner says Chicago Public Schools has a financial crisis that's been long in the making.
He attacked Mayor Emanuel for not dealing with the problem. He also called Emanuel's request for $500 million in state aid to fill CPS' budget not reasonable. The Governor pushed for his legislation to allow the State Board of Education to take over CPS after donating blood at an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Union Station.
"There are a lot of legislators in both parties that know this is good policy and it's the right thing to do. So, I would not say at all that this is dead on arrival," said Rauner.
His proposal is facing strong opposition from the Democratic Senate President.
“This is not going to happen. It’s mean spirited and evidence of their total lack of knowledge of the real problems facing Chicago Public Schools. The unfair treatment of pension systems by the state is the immediate cause of CPS’ financial problem. That situation ought to be addressed rather than promoting this far-fetched notion that the state is somehow in the position to take over Chicago schools. This ridiculous idea only serves as a distraction from the state’s problems that these two state leaders should be focusing on,” said Senate President John Cullerton in a statement.