The final item considered by the House of Representatives on the evening of May 31 was a wildly out-of-balance K-12 education bill which included a massive bailout for Chicago schools and pensions. HB 2990 would have spent roughly $1 billion more than available funds, including at least $500 million for Chicago schools and pensions.
During his floor comments which encouraged a "no" vote on the bill, State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) outlined the current inequities in how properties in Cook County are assessed compared to how they are assessed in other Illinois counties. You may listen to his floor debate with House Democrat Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie by clicking here.
In spite of the fact that 60 House districts include all or portions of the City of Chicago, HB 2990 failed 27-92 in the House.