“We know Trump,” said CTU President Karen Lewis to me today shortly after Governor Rauner suddenly vetoed the budget agreement that would have sent $215 million to Chicago Public Schools. “We’ve had two years of practice and rehearsal with Rauner,” said the CTU President.
“This comes as no surprise to me. Only a fool would think Rauner would keep his word about anything.”
SB 2822 passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on November 7th with the Governor’s approval and a promise to sign.
The bill provided $215 million to the Chicago teachers pension fund.
Now in less then a month the Governor has changed his mind, vetoed the bill and an override is unlikely.
Crain’s Greg Hinz is reporting that the Governor’s veto should have no impact on the contract that was just bargained and approved by both the CTU membership and the unelected CPS school board.
Karen Lewis didn’t agree.
“The money has to come from somewhere,” Lewis said. “Listen. He is just running for re-election now. He has no interest in solving problems. He is just interested in creating them.”