- Published: Thursday, May 05, 2016 04:53 PM
More funding for institutions of higher education such as SIU in Edwardsville may soon be on its way. The Senate passed a measure Thursday that would increase funding to universities by another 30 percent.
In April, the General Assembly passed a bipartisan emergency funding plan that would free up funding for universities to keep them open and running. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure last week.
“It is important we work together in a continued effort to make sure our universities have the resources they need to continue to serve our students,” Haine said.
“In the past months SIUE has voiced its concerns, students have rallied and I want them to know I hear their voices. SIUE is an important institution to not only my district, but the state as a whole. The students it attracts bring growth and prosperity to our state.”
The measure, Senate Bill 2048, would give the governor the authority to appropriate more funds for the operational costs of eight public universities throughout Illinois.
The legislation passed the Senate on Thursday and now goes to the House for consideration.