Rauner: CPS budget means willingness for ‘structural change’

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner won’t say if Illinois can afford the nearly $500 million in new state funding Chicago Public Schools has factored into its budget, but reiterated that he’s open to helping soften a schools financial crisis in conjunction with other reforms.

The Republican governor spoke to reporters in Chicago on Monday, his third news conference on the issue since last week.

He says he’s willing to negotiate with Chicago officials on what they’ve asked for, but Chicago shouldn’t get special treatment.

CPS outlined a $5.7 billion budget Monday that banks on $480 million in new state funding that might not get approved.

Rauner told reporters he hadn’t seen the specifics but said he thought the proposal showed the district was ready for the “structural change” he’s called for.