The Illinois House today voted to give Mayor
The Senate then passed its own bill, but the two chambers must pass the same actual legislation before it can move to the governor's desk.
The measure gained steam as
The House sent the bill to the Senate on an 84-28 vote, with two lawmakers voting present.
House Majority Leader
"Let's give them time to do it right," Currie said.
Currie said the proposal recognized that the newly appointed schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, deserved a chance to work out a thoughtful and carefully drawn list of school closings. The closings would be for the next school year beginning in September 2013.
The bill also would move from an overall master plan due date from Jan. 1, 2013, to May 1, 2013.
This week, Emanuel vowed that if he got an extension from lawmakers on announcing this year's closings, CPS will put a five-year moratorium on shutting down schools.
Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, asked to hold off on a vote because he wanted answers on which groups supported and opposed the latest version of the bill because the revised measure was put together without a chance for everyone to be completely briefed.
"What is wrong with pulling this out of the record for now" for clarity about a potentially massive change? Dunkin asked.