- Published: Thursday, January 28, 2016 12:48 PM
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate passed a measure Thursday to approve funding that will allow struggling college students the ability to continue their education.
State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) voted to approve funding for the state’s Monetary Award Grant program, which was originally approved last May, but vetoed by Governor Rauner thereby freezing the funds.
“There are many students who rely on MAP grants for their college tuition,” said Haine. “Today we voted to ensure students have the opportunity to have access to a quality education. With this legislation we are investing in students’, as well as our state’s future. We must not turn our back on this.”
Haine’s district is home to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as well as Lewis and Clark Community College. Haine said he hopes the governor will see eye to eye with legislators and refrain from vetoing the measure.
The legislation, Senate Bill 2043, provides funding for community colleges, vocational training and adult education programs.
Lawmakers passed the legislation Thursday, and it will now be sent to the governor.