Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Illinois Senate passes Education Funding Reform Bill

Illinois Senate passes Education Funding Reform Bill

The bill prevents all state and local police from stopping, detaining or arresting someone based exclusively on the person's immigration status.

A compromise funding plan that would ensure public schools can stay open this year garnered enough support Monday in the Illinois House to move forward.

Known as the Trust Act, the new law would prohibit state and local police in IL from arresting or detaining a person exclusively due to their immigration status, or based on a federal immigration detainer.

"For far too long, too many low-income students in our state have been trapped in underfunded, failing schools", Rauner said in a statement.

Republican state Senator Kyle McCarter: "I said this could be the last straw, and every day I'm feeling it worse".

"This is an opportunity for the state of IL and for the Legislature to do something momentous, something that has been desperately needed for decades", Durkin told reporters. But Republican opponents have tried to characterize it that way, something that comes as President Donald Trump has threatened to crack down on sanctuary cities, which have laws friendly to immigrants living in US without legal permission.

This isn't the first time Rauner has steered away from Trump.

There's been backlash from conservative Republicans in IL, with some saying on social media that this is the beginning of the end for the governor and, if he wants Republican support, this is not the way to get it. California and CT don't honor them, a practice many counties nationwide already follow. Immigration in America is broken. The new money would go into the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund. However, the Texas law faces a court challenge. School districts are owed an additional $1.2 billion following a more than two-year budget standoff.

Speir said the Trust Act will make undocumented immigrants without criminal histories less anxious about interacting with police. Tension between the groups was on display briefly during the event as Illinois Sheriff's Association executive director Greg Sullivan used criminal justice terminology to discuss the "removal of illegal criminal aliens" to the crowd of immigrants and activists.

Rauner's hesitance to back the bill has been obvious.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform: "We think it is a unsafe bill that puts public safety at risk in order to accommodate some very narrow political interests". A budget lawmakers approved last month required for the first time that the formula be changed.

The state also would make a much larger contribution for Chicago teachers' pensions: $221 million, compared with about $12.2 million a year ago. In response, conservative media outlets such as Breitbart News, blasted Rauner for not denouncing the measure. Others say the legislation spends money IL doesn't have. I have prepared my Office to release an estimated $540 million in General State Aid owed to schools for the month of August as soon as the Governor signs the bill and after the State Board of Education transmits these vouchers to my Office. They would need a criminal warrant. "There are also benefits to law enforcement".

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