Still, Rauner insists that when the true costs of keeping CPS afloat without a state intervention
becomes clear, citizens will pressure state lawmakers to intervene on their behalf rather than see their taxes go up.
“You watch,” Rauner said at Chicago event Wednesday. “Watch Democratic legislators from around the state who are not from Chicago like the (House) speaker and the (Senate) president. You’re going to see that bill is not dead-on-arrival, as some people say.”
“We cannot allow the mayor and some of his friends inside the Legislature to come up with a structure to force liabilities onto other taxpayers,” Rauner said. “We cannot allow a transfer of those liabilities outside the city of Chicago.”
In a way, it’s counter intuitive: To prevent Chicago Public Schools from becoming a burden on the rest of Illinois, it’s necessary for the state to take over Chicago Public Schools. The right path, as the governor would have it, is to allow the state to take over the school system while passing legislation that would allow the school system to go bankrupt. That, in turn, could loosen the iron grip that the Chicago Teachers Union has on the school system by forcing a renegotiation of the generous labor contracts that the unions have negotiated with the school district.
Should be an interesting argument. If House Speaker Michael Madigan ever lets it get to the House floor for debate.
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