SCHIMPF WEEK IN REVIEW JULY 24 - 28
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield for a special session on education funding reform, but the state has yet to finalize a new education funding formula because of political gamesmanship by the Senate majority, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
The proposed education funding bill, SB1, passed both houses at the end of May over Republican objections that the measure inequitably and unfairly directs over $400 million in funding for Chicago pensions, and away from the other 851 other school districts.
The Governor has pledged to issue an amendatory veto of the legislation that will strip out the unprecedented inclusion of pension funding in the K-12 education bill. However, the Governor also issued a statement on Friday urging Democrat lawmakers to negotiate with their Republican colleagues on a bipartisan education funding compromise bill, if they will not send the education bill to the Governor for action.
During the first three days of the special session, lawmakers have spent less than 30 minutes on the Senate and House floors, greatly disappointing Senator Schimpf. Without going into regular session, the lawmakers are not even able to work on other issues like: job creation, economic reforms, or government streamlining efforts.
"Speaker Madigan and President Cullerton talk about working for the people of Illinois. Unfortunately, their actions do not match their words. The lack of urgency shown by Illinois Senate and House leadership is profoundly troubling," Schimpf stated.
Senator Schimpf also turned down his legislative per diem and mileage compensation for the days that the Illinois Senate has been in Special Session this summer. "K-12 education funding is a core responsibility of the Illinois General Assembly. Legislators should not be receiving extra compensation for work that should have been completed in May," Schimpf explained.
Before returning to Springfield, the Senator did an informal tour of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and the World Shooting and Recreation Complex at Sparta. August is a key month for both facilities as they bring in tens of thousands of visitors to the region for the Grand American Shooting Championships that run from Aug. 2-12 and the DuQuoin State Fair, which begins on Aug. 26 - Sept. 4. The Senator is impressed with both facilities and is committed to seeing them both realize their full economic potential.
August 3 Mt. Vernon senior fair
More than 30 vendors will be at the Rolland Lewis Building in Mt. Vernon on Aug. 3 from 9-11. The annual event has been held in Mt. Vernon for several years and is intended to help Jefferson County area senior citizens with quality of life issues. Several free examinations and health screenings are available. For more information, please visit www.senatorschimpf.com.
August 5 Randolph County town hall
Senator Schimpf will be hosting his sixth town hall of the year in Red Bud at the City Hall located at 200 E. Market in downtown Red Bud. The town hall will run from 9-11 AM, and free coffee and donuts. The Senator encourages residents to come out and talk about the Illinois Department of Corrections, education funding reform, and the proposed four county lane highway from Carbondale to St. Louis., and the proposed four county lane highway from Carbondale to St. Louis.