Governor again seeks to pit Chicago against rest of Illinois

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) _ Gov. Bruce Rauner has reignited an age-old but divisive political strategy on a new front in Illinois: Schools.

The Republican used his veto powers to extra money for Chicago Public Schools from a proposal needed for all Illinois public schools to get funding this fall.

Pitting Chicago against the rest of Illinois has been a popular tool for the first-term governor. He drummed up enough support outside of the Democratic stronghold in 2014 to become the state’s first GOP governor in over a decade.

But this time it’s a particularly risky move ahead of Rauner’s 2018 re-election bid, with schools statewide potentially paying the price.

Educators are on edge, especially in rural areas and small towns which helped Rauner get elected but where budgets are tight.