IL First Lady Wades Cautiously Into Conversation On K-12 Funding

Jul 26, 2017

First Lady Diana Rauner spoke at a news conference Wed. for the launch of a pilot program that nurse home visits to families with newborns.
Credit Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

As lawmakers battle over school funding in Springfield, Illinois’ First Lady is stepping into the ring.

On Tues., the Rauner campaign released a digital ad that shows First Lady Diana Rauner seated on a beige couch, praising her husband’s position.

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But during a press conference in Peoria Wed., Diana Rauner gave a veiled response to whether or not she supports the plan approved by the Democrat-majority Legislature.

“I’m actually not going to speak about any particular bills, I just want to say that we, all of us, know how important it is that all children have access to high quality education throughout their lives," Rauner said. 

At issue is how Illinois distributes school funding, which is currently based on property values.

Her husband Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is demanding Democrats send him the school funding bill, so he can make changes through his amendatory veto powers. He says the plan sends too much money to Chicago Public Schools.