Illinois GOP looking to compromise with Governor Pritzker and Democrats over Invest in Kids program

Advocates for the Invest in Kids program will have one more week to convince lawmakers and Governor Pritzker to extend it before it expires at the end of the year.

The legislation provides $75 million annually in tax breaks for donors to private school scholarship funds. Illinois’ largest teachers’ unions want to see it expire, while Governor Pritzker has signaled he would be open to signing a bill after opposing the program when he ran for governor in 2018.

Democrats in the House have proposed reducing the program to $50 million annually, reducing the largest deductible donation from $1 million to $500,000, and targeting the program more vigorously at low-income students.

Capitol News Illinois reports that GOP leadership seems willing to accept the compromise in order to save the program.


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