SPRINGFIELD – Today Governor Bruce Rauner addressed lawmakers at the Statehouse in Springfield for his annual budget address. The following is a statement from the Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin:

“Gov. Bruce Rauner today unleashed his latest attack on public education and the students of Illinois. During his budget address, the governor claimed he would give more money to education, but the pension costs he wants to shift to school districts and our public universities will starve our schools. Instead of giving our education systems the money they’re in desperate need of after suffering through a Rauner-inflicted, two-year budget stalemate, the governor wants to hand schools all across the state a massive bill. A move that could end up increasing property taxes. Gov. Bruce Rauner is choosing to leave the students of Illinois, our state’s future, behind when he should be putting them first and we won’t stand for it.”

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The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.