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Illinois misses school aid payment for first time

Mendoza Mendoza

Illinois schools didn't receive general state aid Thursday for the first time in state history, according to the comptroller's office.

The comptroller's office reported the payment was missed because of the ongoing battle over Senate Bill 1.

According to the news release, Comptroller Susana Mendoza directed the payment of $429 million in Mandated Categorical grants, usually used to cover transportation and special education. She said the funds could help schools dealing with cash flow issues because of political fight.

"Our office has been preparing for this contingency," the release stated. "Failure to sign General State Aid funding legislation allowing payment to school districts statewide meant monies reserved this week for that purpose, combined with additional cash management strategies, could be utilized to pay the grants already owed to those districts."

The release stated Mendoza is urging legislators to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of SB 1.

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