House adjourns for the year without attempting to override Rauner’s pension veto

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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House has adjourned for the year without attempting to override a veto from Gov. Bruce Rauner that removed $215 million in pension relief for the financially struggling Chicago Public Schools system.

The Republican governor vetoed the funding Thursday, saying Democrats had backed out of a promise to work on overhauling the state's overall pension system as a condition of getting the money.

Senate Democrats successfully voted to override the governor's veto, but the House needed to agree to overturn the veto and never called the question for a vote. It was unclear whether they had enough support to override the governor.

The district had counted on the money to pay the employer's contribution to teachers' pension. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has said that without the aid there could be budget cuts.

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