SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Neil Anderson (Rock Island) voted today to provide relief for Western Illinois University, Black Hawk College, and students at Augustana College. The Illinois Senate approved two pieces of bipartisan, fully-funded legislation on Friday, April 22 to provide a bridge to Illinois’ universities, community colleges, MAP grant recipients, and human service providers.
“Throughout this ongoing budget stalemate local students have suffered unfairly. Today, we took a small step toward rectifying that,” said Anderson. “Our work is far from finished, but hopefully today’s actions provide the immediate relief schools like WIU, Blackhawk, and Augustana need until we can agree on a more permanent solution.”
Senate Bill 2059 and Senate Bill 2047, which unanimously passed the Senate, provide funding to Illinois’ universities, community colleges and money for MAP grants. The proposals are considered a stopgap effort that will get universities through until September, when they will begin to collect tuition dollars. Unlike previous measures offered by Democrat lawmakers, this bipartisan compromise legislation is fully funded.
Funds are also included in Senate Bill 2047 for human service providers, seniors, veterans programs, and programs like Adult Redeploy that are vital to the state’s criminal justice reform efforts.
“Today, we have shown what can be accomplished when rank-and-file members, legislative leaders and the Governor work together in a bipartisan manner. Now, we must keep that bipartisan momentum going to address the significant challenges Illinois faces,” said Anderson
SB 2059 has passed in both chambers of the General Assembly and now heads to the Governor’s desk where it is expected to receive final approval. SB 2047 has passed in the Senate, but must still be considered in the Illinois House before it can be sent to the Governor.