State Rep. Jeannie Ives (R-Wheaton) pointedly questioned school superintendents during Wednesday’s hearing.

Republican State Representatives had some sharp questioning for school superintendents and backers of SB1 Wednesday at a House Primary and Secondary Appropriations Committee subject matter hearing in Chicago. They questioned why Chicago Public Schools officials were not there, and suggested the city was “hiding its wealth” in its TIF districts. While the four hour hearing attracted a full media complement, committee chair and SB1 sponsor Rep. Will Davis (D-Chicago) was not present. Though State Rep. Lisa Hernandez chaired it, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and other Chicago Democrats nudged school superintendents in their praise of SB1 and the downsides of Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto.

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