Sunny with a chance of Higher Education
By Ken Hare
Chicago Defender Staff Writer
Update: Senate Bill 2059 has been signed into law 4/25/16
This past Friday, Senate Bill 2059 passed both houses and now sits on Governor Rauner’s desk awaiting his signature for passage into law.
Senate Bill 2059, which received bipartisan effort restores crucial funding to vital programs and services, at least temporarily, sending money to the state’s public universities, City Colleges and the MAP program.
At a press conference this past Friday, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus announced: “What we did today was a very good thing. We actually did save CSU. Without this appropriation bill that we put in place, CSU’s doors would have closed next week,” stated Rita Mayfield, Chairman of the Black Caucus (D – Waukegan).
Although temporary in measure, Representative Chris Welch (D – 7th District), who supported the bill cautioned “The only real solution is to pass a budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that fully funds support for the most vulnerable in our communities and invests in our state’s educational infrastructure,” he stated in a press release.
Here is the listing of institutions and their anticipated funding under SB2059:
Community Colleges & City Colleges – $74,142,300
MAP Grants – $169,798,700
NIU – $26,403,200
U of I – $167,645,200
U of I Hospital – $11,104,600
U of I School of Labor – $1,344,300
WIU – $14,911,400
CSU – $20,107,300
GSU – $6,974,400
NEIU – $10,695,400
SIU – $57,482,000
ISU – $20,934,900
EIU – $12,456,500
IMSA – $6,000,000
Flanked by several junior members of the caucus; Senator Trotter spoke on the issue of the public safety net, stating: “Our job down here in Springfield is to enhance and enrich the quality of life, of the people of Illinois. We did that in part today and it was a bipartisan effort.”
Representative Welch commended the thousands of college students who traveled to Springfield last week to make sure their voices were heard. To encourage Governor Rauner to sign the bill, contact his office at 217.782.0244.
Stay tuned for developing details…