Will a compromise on school funding lead to a massive introduction of vouchers in Illinois?
Talk is that the Democrats, led by Speaker Michael Madigan, are willing to give Rauner what he wants on this issue in order, they say, to get state money to local districts and open schools in a few weeks.
Steve Brown represents Speaker Madigan. He has said that the Speaker is open to suggestions by State Sen. Jason Barickman to the possibility of expanding vouchers in Illinois big time.
Barickman, speaking on WBEZ’s Morning Shift, said he wants the creation of a new scholarship program that lets students choose which school to attend — including private or parochial schools.
Madigan, who technically represent a south side district, is often viewed as state rep for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the scholarship program could increase the number of students enrolled in parochial schools.