Robinson Blasts Rauner’s CPS Takeover Bill

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One candidate for State Representative in Chicago wasted no time Wednesday blasting Governor Rauner for his proposal, pushed by Republican legislative leaders Jim Durkin and Christine Radogno, for the State to take over the finances of Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

“I strongly oppose Governor Rauner’s extreme proposal to take over CPS. The Governor knows this proposal will do nothing to solve the unfairness that plagues Chicago’s most cash-strapped schools” Genita Robinson said. “If he is serious about helping Chicago children, he should return to the negotiating table and pass a budget in which the state fulfills its constitutional obligation to be the primary source of funding for public education. Instead, the Governor is using Chicago’s teachers and students as political pawns to advance his extremist anti-union agenda.”

CPS is currently facing a $500 million shortfall. Previously, Governor Rauner has said that he will not provide any financial help for CPS unless Mayor Rahm Emanuel agrees to help him pass his anti-union agenda, including ending the right of labor unions to collectively bargain. Robinson has called the Governor’s approach in holding the budget hostage “irresponsible and wrong.”

Robinson is one of 4 candidates vying to succeed Rep. Esther Golar, who passed away in September after a long battle with cancer. An attorney, education activist and nonprofit leader who worked to provide mentorships to at-risk youth, Robinson currently leads the pack in fundraising with a 3-1 cash-on-hand advantage over her nearest competitor.

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