Wheeler slams Democrats for putting power over public education
Before Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) sent Gov. Bruce Rauner the state's funding bill for public schools, Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) took to the House floor to criticize Democratic lawmakers for holding it back for two months and threatening the start of school.
“Our taxpayers, teachers and students deserve a more thoughtful process than what we’ve demonstrated so far,” Wheeler said in a recent video release. “These pressure tactics create an unnecessary crisis, based on unmanageable pressure, with a terrifying deadline that gives us a sense that there’s no other alternative and the state is at some point of no return. Welcome to the only House of Representatives where public policy is only considered if it supports a political endgame of maintaining or expanding political power.”
Senate Bill 1 was sent to Rauner on Monday night. Although he has vowed to use an amendatory veto to strip it of provisions he sees as favoring Chicago schools, as of Tuesday morning he had not acted on the measure.