Lawmakers Split on Debate Over Veto Override of Governor


Springfield - State politics and finances are entering uncharted territory; nine months into a fiscal year without a budget.

As a result, community colleges and universities haven't received money from the state since last July.

Lawmakers have already passed legislation to fund community colleges and MAP grants once, but that bill was vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner.

In his time, some lawmakers have been critical of his administration.

"This is a man who has made promises, and hasn't kept any of them," said Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago).

On Wednesday, in the Senate, lawmakers battled over legislation to override that veto.  It was a debate that saw plenty of fireworks.

"There are almost 200,000 students that go to 4-year universities in this state and you are clearly not thinking about them.  This is an abomination," said Dale Righter (R-Mattoon).

Trotter added, "it is time to quit playing games, let's put something together, and pass it out."

Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) added, "when you say we're going to give $720M in spending authority, but we don't have the money, then you're not serious about addressing the problem."

"Taking it out of the record benefits who?  Benefits who?  It sure as heck doesn't help the students that have spent year after year trying to improve their lives," added Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester).

The Senate approved the override, however, the measure would fall two votes short inside the House.

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