CHICAGO – Amidst a day of controversy over a four year old email discussion released by Mayor Emanuel including comments in which Governor Rauner wrote that half of Chicago Public School teachers were "virtually illiterate," the governor publicly signed a bill affecting schools Friday.
"Let me very clear, I apologize for the statement that I made in that email in 2011. The remarks I made were inaccurate and intemperate, and I apologize to the teachers and I regret those comments," Rauner told reporters.
"I am passionate about education," Rauner said. He said one of the reasons he ran for governor in 2014 because education fund had been cut four times in the prior ten years by previous governors.
"We are going to redo our state funding for education. I'm committed to that," Rauner said. "Unequal funding denies the American dream from too many children in low income neighborhoods."
Before signing the two bills into law, three Chicago public school teachers read statements indicating their outrage with the governor's email comments, assuring the governor that "we are not illiterate."