Senate overrides Rauner on school funding bill

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Senate overrides Rauner on school bill

The Illinois Senate overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s partial veto that would have cut millions of dollars for Chicago’s cash-strapped school district, bringing the state closer to ending an impasse that has prevented aid from flowing to elementary and high schools.

Rauner (R) had issued an amendatory veto of a bill that overhauled Illinois school funding practices, deriding the measure as a pension bailout for Chicago. Until a funding bill is enacted, general state aid to all schools can’t be released. Normally the money would first go out on Aug. 10. Last week was the first time since the comptroller’s office was created in the 1970s that the state didn’t send the money on time.

“The time has come to reform school funding in the state of Illinois,” state Sen. Andy Manar (D), sponsor of the bill, said on the Senate floor Sunday.

The amendatory veto meant Chicago’s schools would receive about $463 million less than the original measure, according to analysis by the state board of education released Saturday by Rauner’s office. Chicago’s district would receive an additional $221 million in aid for pension costs under a measure that hasn’t been approved, according to the document from the governor’s office.

The amendatory veto must still be overturned by the House before the measure can become law and funding can be released to schools. The House is next scheduled to be in session Wednesday.

— Bloomberg News

New York

Man pleads not guilty to hammer attack

A man accused of bludgeoning his mother, sister and another woman in a deadly hammer attack in Long Island has pleaded not guilty to murder. Bobby Vanderhall, 34, is being held without bail after his arraignment Sunday. He was arrested Saturday on murder charges in the deaths of his mother, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall; his sister, Melissa Vanderhall; and visitor Janel Simpson. Officials said a fourth woman managed to escape and summon help.

Nassau County police said that Vanderhall had a history of emotional problems, and that his mother had obtained a protective order against him and had thrown him out of their Hempstead home. Police said Vanderhall used a large hammer to break through the basement door, then attacked the women.

— Associated Press

Park honors youngest Boston Marathon bombing victim: A groundbreaking will be held for a park dedicated to the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon attacks. Martin Richard, 8, was one of three people killed when two bombs planted near the finish line exploded on April 15, 2013. Members of the Richard family will celebrate the beginning of construction of Martin’s Park at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. They will be joined by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (D).

Connecticut lauds aviator who may have beat Wright brothers: Connecticut officials who say a hometown aviator beat the Wright brothers in being the first in flight by two years are honoring him in a ceremony. A Bridgeport ceremony is scheduled for Monday to recognize Gustave Whitehead and the 116th anniversary of what state officials have called the “first manned, controlled flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft.” A reproduction of Whitehead’s aircraft will be displayed. Connecticut officials say the German-born Whitehead, who lived in Bridgeport and Fairfield, took off from Fairfield on Aug. 14, 1901, and flew about a half mile at a height of about 50 feet. The Wright brothers’ flight was in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, N.C. Officials in North Carolina and the Wright brothers’ home state of Ohio dispute the claims about Whitehead.

Alaska newspaper files for bankruptcy: The Alaska Dispatch News has announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is transitioning to new ownership. KTVA reported that the newspaper’s potential buyers might pay as much as $1 million for the paper. Those buyers included four siblings — Ryan Binkley, Wade Binkley, James Binkley and Kai Binkley Sims — as well as Alaska Media LLC, publisher of the Arctic Sounder, the Bristol Bay Times and the Dutch Harbor Fisherman. A number of creditors have filed lawsuits against the Dispatch News, the state’s largest newspaper.

— From news services

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