The Latest: Governor pits Chicago against rest of Illinois

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 2, 2017 at 5:51 p.m.



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CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the battle over public school funding in Illinois (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has reignited an age-old but divisive political strategy on a new front in Illinois: Schools.

The Republican used his veto powers to extract money for Chicago Public Schools from a proposal needed for all Illinois public schools to get funding this fall.

Pitting Chicago against the rest of Illinois has been a popular tool for the first-term governor. He drummed up enough support outside of the Democratic stronghold in 2014 to become the state's first GOP governor in over a decade.

But this time it's a particularly risky move ahead of Rauner's 2018 re-election bid, with schools statewide potentially paying the price.

Educators are on edge, especially in rural areas and small towns which helped Rauner get elected but where budgets are tight.

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