031913br0205resizeSPRINGFIELD—Senator Bill Cunningham voted on Wednesday to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 2043, which would fund MAP grants and send money to community colleges.

“This administration made promises to more than 125,000 students that they would receive the MAP grant. What we did over a month ago was give the governor the opportunity to keep those promises,” said Senator Cunningham, “But the governor’s veto concerns me. There seems to be no intention to keep those promises and that will only deal irreparable damage to our integrity as a state.”

“We also have to consider community colleges in this situation. Many of them have approved or will be approving faculty layoffs. These are faculty members that have an impact in the classroom and yet this governor has once again said no to ensuring that the classrooms are properly staffed.”

Senator Cunningham represents portions of Worth, Orland and Palos Townships in the southwest suburbs and the neighborhoods of Mt. Greenwood, Beverly, Morgan Park and Auburn-Gresham in Chicago.

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053015CM0579resizeCHICAGO— Senator Cunningham recently sent a letter to an official at Palos Community Hospital urging the hospital to reconsider their current plans to close Palos Health and Fitness Center and attempt to protect the facility and the services it provides.

“This facility provides unique services that many in the community utilize to leading a healthy lifestyle,” said Senator Cunningham. “I respectfully ask that Palos Community Hospital reconsider their decision or find a way to continue to provide this excellent service to their community.”

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032013 js 0172resizeSPRINGFIELD—On Thursday, Senator Bill Cunningham joined his colleagues on passing a bill that would appropriate $397.1 million in MAP Grant funds for FY 2016. The legislation would also appropriate money for operations of community colleges.

“We need to put MAP grant money where it belongs. We promised students that it would be there and it would only continue to damage our credibility if we tried to take it away. I urge the governor to quickly sign this legislation so our students can have the comfort of knowing we do support them,” Cunningham said.

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032514 CM 0834csresizeCHICAGO-- Senator Bill Cunningham had the following statement in response to the Republican backed proposal of a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools:

“A state takeover and forced bankruptcy won’t help our teachers. We need to be working with them to get them the resources they need. Not trying to undermine their work and economic stability.”

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