Chicago Public Schools

House Won't Vote on Chicago Schools Pension Relief Bill

The sponsor of a bill to give Chicago Public Schools a 40-day reprieve for making a $634 million pension payment says she won't call it for a vote.

Democratic Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie said Tuesday she doesn't "have the votes" to pass the legislation.

CPS is required to make the contribution Tuesday. But district officials have said they don't have the money to do so without taking critical resources from classrooms.

It was unclear Tuesday what the impact would be or how CPS would proceed.

Spokeswomen for CPS and Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The measure to delay the payment failed in the Illinois House last week but House Speaker Michael Madigan said it would be called again. He left a meeting Tuesday without commenting.

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