053015CM0579SPRINGFIELD—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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