Some Illinois Senate Democrats are demanding an investigation after they said the governor’s office planted false information about the effects of a school funding reform bill with a publication whose owner is allied with Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The Rauner administration called the accusations “false and outrageous” and demanded an apology. It said the information used in a story in the Kankakee Times is from the State Board of Education website.
The Kankakee Times is a publication started by Dan Proft, a Chicago radio host and chairman of Liberty Principles Political Action Committee. Rauner has contributed at least $2.5 million to that PAC, which spent more than $3 million in 2016 trying to defeat Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, in the primary after McCann voted in favor of pro-union legislation that Rauner and other Republicans opposed.
A story in the Times Friday said Kankakee-area school districts would lose money under the reform plan approved by the Senate Wednesday. The publication said the numbers came from an analysis performed by the State Board of Education.
However, Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said the numbers in the story are wrong. He said the bill approved Wednesday included a “hold harmless” clause that meant no school district would get less money than it currently receives.
Manar and five other Senate Democrats called a Statehouse new conference Friday to call the story a “serious violation of trust by the Rauner administration.” The six senators sent a letter to the state’s Executive Inspector General asking for an…
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