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Monday, August 14, 2017

Illinois senate overrides Rauner's amendatory veto of the school funding bill, and other news

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click to enlarge Republican state senator Sam McCann of Plainview speaks on the Illinois senate floor on Sunday. - RICH SAAL/THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER VIA AP
  • Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP
  • Republican state senator Sam McCann of Plainview speaks on the Illinois senate floor on Sunday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, August 14, 2017.

  • Illinois senate overrides Rauner's partial veto of the school funding bill

On Sunday the Illinois senate voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of the school funding bill with a 38-19 vote. The house now has 15 days to act on the override, but the senate also passed a backup bill in case it fails, albeit one that would "restart the clock on solving the school funding mess," according to the Sun-Times. While Rauner's office claims CPS would lose $248 million under the veto, an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education found that the district would receive $463 million less than under the plan passed by the Illinois General Assembly. State senator Sam McCann of Plainfield, who's considering a primary run against Rauner, was the sole Republican to vote for the override. There is only "one thing worse than one party control and that is one-man control," McCann said. State funds were to have gone out to schools on August 10. [Sun-Times]

  • Hundreds march downtown to denounce racism after Charlottesville violence

Hundreds of Chicagoans gathered to denounce racism and bigotry on Sunday in the wake of a deadly clash between white supremacists and peaceful counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. "We must mourn and we also must organize," the organizers of the Chicago Stands With Charlottesville rally wrote on Facebook. "We must show that right-wing hate, racism, and violence will not be tolerated. Solidarity is needed." Many of the protesters targeted the Trump administration as well; #Blacklivesmatter tweeted "Marching against hate, white supremacy, and the Trump/Pence regime." Also on Sunday, the Illinois senate approved a resolution Sunday asking law enforcement to recognize neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups as terrorist organizations, according to the Tribune. "It is vital that we stand in total opposition to the hatred, bigotry and violence displayed by the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville this past weekend," Democratic senator Don Harmon of Oak Park, the bill's sponsor, said. "They are the heirs to the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis. We fought two bloody wars in opposition to their ideologies. We must continue to fight those same twisted ideologies today." [DNAinfo Chicago] [Tribune]

  • Chance the Rapper gives away 30,000 backpacks at the Bud Billiken Parade, performs free concert

Chance the Rapper, marshal of this year's Bud Billiken Parade, gave away 30,000 free backpacks to kids and distributed tickets for a surprise free concert at the Auditorium Theatre that night. Chance's efforts helped promote a family atmosphere at this year's parade, Chicago Parks youth football coach Corey Deering, 37, told the Sun-Times, saying that he'd seen more kids and "you heard no gunshots." [Sun-Times]

  • CTA offers free bus and train rides to all on September 5, the first day of school

Chicago Public Schools students will return to the classroom September 5, and this year the Chicago Transit Authority will be offering free rides to anyone who takes public transport that day. Last year, the program gave about 128,000 complimentary rides to CPS students and parents or guardians on the first day of school. "Convenient and reliable transportation is an important factor in a student's success in the classroom," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students rely on public transportation to travel to and from their classes, and by providing free rides on the first day we can get them started on the right note." [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Murder suspect Andrew Warren will return to Chicago

On Friday, Oxford University employee Andrew Warren waived his extradition rights, and will now be returning to Chicago, where he faces first-degree murder charges for the July 27 fatal stabbing of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in River North. Following a nationwide manhunt, Warren and his codefendant, former Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, were separately taken into custody in the San Francisco Bay area August 4. Warren, who's been suspended from his payroll job, "wants the process to be started," his public defender, Ariel Boyce-Smith, told reporters. "I just want to remind everyone that he is presumed innocent and his agreement to go there to start the process is where we are now." Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed more than 40 times and suffered "lacerations and mutilations to his body, his upper body, but not to the point of decapitation," according to Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. [Associated Press via Tribune]

  • Amtrak's Eclipse Express train from Chicago sells out in less than 24 hours

Named for the upcoming solar eclipse, the Amtrak Eclipse Express train from Chicago to Carbondale and back sold out in 22 hours over the weekend. The train will run from Chicago to Champaign to Carbondale, near where the total eclipse is expected to be at peak duration August 21. Riders will get special eclipse-viewing glasses. [Tribune]


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