Haine Higher EducationThe Illinois General Assembly passed a bipartisan measure Friday that would free up emergency funding for Illinois schools like Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“I am happy that we were able to come together and get this immensely important piece of legislation done,” said State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton). “We voted to make sure that students such as the ones who attend SIU in Edwardsville will continue to be taken care of through MAP grant funding. This funding will help SIUE to continue to attract students throughout the Midwest, and continue its role as a key economic driver within Southern Illinois.”

Senate Democrats sent Gov. Bruce Rauner Senate Bill 2046 earlier this month which also includes funding for higher education and MAP grant funding, as well as things like social and senior service programs.

“What remains frustrating is that the governor has a budget on his desk that would have already funded higher education and fix this impasse,” Haine added. “We cannot continue with this back and forth. The governor needs to sign the bill that is on his desk.”

Senate Bill 2059, which would release funding for higher education, passed the Senate Friday and now goes to the governor’s desk for consideration.


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