General Assembly must end Democrat-created crisis

SPRINGFIELD, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) is glad that Governor Rauner is calling the General Assembly into Special Session later this week to tackle the Democrat-created crisis of public education funding.

“It has been fifty-four days since Illinois Senate Democrats passed Senate Bill 1, their version of school funding reform that they are currently holding hostage. It is past-time for Chicago to work with the rest of the state to ensure that the funding formula is used to provide equal education throughout Illinois, not play favorites with those in the city,” said Davidsmeyer.

“If educators and legislators believe in the formula that they created, they should use it to fund education based on actual need, not a misguided perception of need. SB1 pits Chicago against the rest of the state, and we’re tired of taking their crumbs.”

Senate Bill 1 passed the Illinois Senate on May 31st, but Senate Democrat leadership used a parliamentary procedure to hold the bill indefinitely. However, the clock is still ticking down on the first day of school and districts expect to receive their first funding checks in August. Holding this bill for two months has created this crisis.

“Senate Bill 1, the education funding bill being held by Senate Democrats, increases State funding for public schools. While Chicago Public Schools have only 19% of the students in Illinois, SB1 would give them 64% of the new education funds. This is unfair to students and teachers throughout the 100th District.”

“Whether you’re a student in Jersey or Pike County, or a student in Chicago, the level of support should be the same.”

“I’m ready to pass a funding formula that is fair to all students, paid in full and on time. All of our kids deserve better!”

“We must do something that brings significant change to our state.”

SPRINGFIELD, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) released the following statement explaining his “No” vote on the motions to override the Governor’s budget package vetoes.

“I voted for the budget packages earlier this week because I felt it was important to end the budget stalemate. Since that time, I have had many conversations with constituents and laid out the facts as well as the possible ramifications of not having a budget.

I have heard their voice and agree that there is a need for spending reform in order to truly fix the State of Illinois. They understand that there are no easy answers, but at the end of the day, a budget deal has to do something meaningful, not just keep doors open.

So today, I chose to do exactly what my constituents wanted me to do and voted ‘no’ on the motion to override.

I hope that my ‘no’ votes jump start discussions on how we can grow our economy and put people back to work.

For too long Illinois’ economy has lagged behind other Midwestern states. Citizens are leaving because there has been no action by the majority in the General Assembly to adjust their spending behavior.

Debt from unpaid bills, interest and pensions are crushing us. To those waiting on payments, I will continue to work to get real reform that doesn’t put us in this situation ever again.

We must do something that brings significant change to our state. We need regulatory relief, spending changes, and more opportunities for our people to thrive.

I want to thank the many constituents who took the time to contact me, discuss the facts, and get involved in this often difficult process.”