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State Senator Bill Cunningham18th Senate District
Senator Bill Cunningham spoke with Comcast Newsmakers' Ellee Pai Hong about his legislation to reform higher education administration pay and severance.
SPRINGFIELD—Senator Bill Cunningham joined colleagues in the Illinois Senate to pass legislation that would fully fund the MAP grant program for fiscal year 2016.
House Bill 4167 would appropriate $227 million for MAP grants which would fund the program for the current fiscal year. This comes at a time when many universities and community colleges fronted the students.
“The state needs to keep its promise to the neediest of students. We partially funded MAP but we all agreed that was not enough,” Cunningham said. “This is our step in saying we are going to keep our promise. I hope the governor shares the General Assembly’s priority in keeping our promises to our students.”
The legislation would allow the governor to ensure students who were promised MAP grants are allowed to keep them.
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SPRINGFIELD—Senator Bill Cunningham joined his colleagues in the Senate to vote to send additional emergency support to higher education.
Senate Bill 2048 was passed by the Senate as a supplement to Senate Bill 2059. The legislation would send additional funds to state universities and community colleges, which have received no state support since the start of the fiscal year. It also would increase the amount allocated to MAP grants that were awarded prior to the start of the fiscal year.
“While we continue to negotiate for a full higher education budget, we need to send some funding to ensure that we can start to make good on the MAP grant commitments we made to middle-class families across the state,” Cunningham said. “This funding means that the Illinois Student Assistance Commission can start keeping its promises.”
The legislation now moves to the House for further consideration.
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