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CHICAGO (AP) _ School superintendents from central and southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state’s school funding formula.

Several spoke in Springfield Wednesday, the day they were supposed to hold a Capitol rally.

However, they canceled it when House Speaker Michael Madigan scrapped Wednesday’s legislative session citing progress in legislative leaders’ negotiations.

Lawmakers from both parties agree the calculation Illinois uses is unfair. But they disagree over how to fix it. The budget legislators approved last month requires a new formula for schools to get state money.

However, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected the plan majority Democrats approved.

The Senate overrode Rauner’s veto. Madigan says if there’s no compromise this week, he’ll schedule a House override vote next week.

Mayors from Chicagoand the suburbs called Wednesday for an override.