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Jim Durkin on School Funding Reform and Other Battles

The school funding reform bill that passed this week has been called “historic.” The bill was hammered out behind closed doors by the four leaders of the House and Senate over the weekend. It includes controversial private school tax credits—something that was not even considered in the first bill Gov. Bruce Rauner amendatorily vetoed. The bill that did pass is expected to be signed into law by the governor on Thursday. 

So what exactly happened behind those closed-door sessions?

Here to tell us is Illinois House Republican leader, state Rep. Jim Durkin from Western Springs.

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