Cullerton will send school funding bill Monday

FILE -- A file photograph showing chemistry, physics and science textbooks sitting on an empty student desk inside an Atlanta, Georgia school.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _  Senate President John Cullerton says he hasn’t sent a school funding bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner yet because he wants to meet with him first. But the Chicago Democrat says he’ll now send it on Monday.

Cullerton spoke to reporters Wednesday, the first day of a special session called by Rauner to resolve the fight over the bill, which will determine whether schools get funding.

Rauner says he’ll rewrite the bill through his amendatory veto powers and reiterated his demand Monday for lawmakers to send it. But Cullerton says if Rauner does that and there aren’t enough votes to override, the bill dies and there isn’t another plan.

Cullerton accused Rauner of acting out of anger and questioned his “mental state” because of the turbulent month. Lawmakers approved a budget earlier this month over Rauner’s objections and Rauner fired numerous staff members.

Rauner says Cullerton refused to meet until Monday.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure that will halt increases of lawmaker cost-of-living pay adjustments, mileage reimbursement and other costs.

The Republican signed the plan into law Wednesday at the Capitol at the start of a special session, calling it an important step for taxpayers. The measure received wide and bipartisan support.

Rauner called lawmakers to Springfield starting Wednesday in an attempt to resolve a school funding figh. He told reporters at the bill signing that he justifies the cost of a special session because “children come first.”

Special session can run approximately $48,000 for a single day. The new law keeps that rate the same. It’ll freeze legislator per diem at $111, instead of jumping to $142. It’ll also keep mileage reimbursement at 39 cents per mile, instead of about 54 cents.