SPRINGFIELD, IL…State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) released the following statement following Monday night’s House passage of SB 1947, an education funding bill that locks in a State bailout of Chicago’s mismanaged teachers’ pension fund.

“I want to ensure that schools are funded both now and in the future. Unfortunately, we have watched schools take a back-bench to entitlements and unfunded new promises, with prorations that artificially decreased funding for downstate schools for years.

At the end of the day, the money still isn't there to pay for this legislation. The State of Illinois has $14.5 billion in unpaid bills piling up in Springfield. We cannot continue to run government on IOU's and unpaid bills that forces the next generation of legislators and taxpayers to figure out how to pay for it. That is precisely what got Illinois into the mess that we are in today.

With this bill, Illinois taxpayers are being asked to bail out the Chicago Public Schools. The State is taking on Chicago's teachers' pensions for $221 million along with taking responsibility for Chicago’s irresponsible decision to skip 10 years-worth of pension payments, which will take $40 million per year out of classrooms. Then they still get the Chicago block grant of $250 million per year locked into their guaranteed State funding.

With property values in Chicago under-assessed and Chicago property taxes artificially low, I think that it's time for them to take some responsibility for funding schools the way every other community in the State of Illinois has done. I have no belief that Chicago will ever take responsibility for their actions as long as Illinois taxpayers are forced to bail them out.

There’s only so much money to go around and, with this bill, Chicago gets way more than they deserve and more than the State has to give, while our schools are left with crumbs.”

Caption:  State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) and students from the Pittsfield FFA pose for a portrait after the ceremonial signing of HB470.

Caption:  Pittsfield FFA students and Rep Davidsmeyer watch as IL Governor Bruce Rauner signs HB470.

HB470 was sponsored by Rep Davidsmeyer. The idea to make corn the state grain was brought to him by Pittsfield Ag students and was a great way for them to learn the process of how a bill becomes a law.

Rep Davidsmeyer sponsored the legislation in the House of Representatives. It was signed into law by Governor Rauner at a bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, August 15 at the Illinois State Fair.

By Blake Schnitker on August 16 at 12:25pm

"We have to do the right thing because this funding bill is going to be in place probably for the next twenty years. We have to look a little bit further than today and see how it affects the state in the future,” says Davidsmeyer.

As for where things go from here, Davidsmeyer believes today’s tactics will only make the process drag on even further…which he says is no help to anyone.

“I think what will happen is we’ll vote on the amendatory veto language, which won’t be the actual amendatory veto but the language from the bill that they’re adding to this other bill. I think we’ll vote on that, I think it’ll fail, they’ll grandstand for another week. I’m hearing we’ll probably come back into session next week and actually vote on the override, but waiting a week doesn’t do anybody any good. We need to actually get this thing figured out,” Davidsmeyer explains.

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At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting, held Friday, July 28, in Springfield, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-100th District, received the 2017 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Davidsmeyer’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.

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