SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) issued the following statement in regard to the Senate’s override of Gov. Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 2043 (MAP grant funding):

“I’m proud to stand with college students throughout my district. The state shouldn’t be in the business of choosing winners and losers based on financial need. College affordability should not be a partisan issue. It’s the state’s duty to make valuable investments in students at Danville Area Community College, the University of Illinois and Parkland College to increase their chances to succeed, not force them to graduate with mountains of debt and missed opportunities.”

Senate Bill 2043 passed the Senate with a partisan roll call of 37-17-2 and now moves on to the House for consideration.

120715CM0773RTCHAMPAIGN- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) issued the following statement in regard to Gov. Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 2043 (MAP grant funding):

“Today, the governor has let down the thousands of students relying on need-based financial assistance at our state’s community colleges and universities. This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s about investing in students at Danville Area Community College, the University of Illinois and Parkland College to grow our state’s economy.”

 

021715CM0990resizeforwebSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address.

“Our state universities and community colleges are going on eight months without state support. The governor needs to solve this immediate problem before creating additional ones.”

“This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s about helping students like Trisha achieve their goals. We need to get this money to students before they are forced to make further tough decisions about their future.”

said State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)


CommitteeBennettresize3.6.15SPRINGFIELD- To give Illinois students a second chance, Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) and Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park) delivered Senate Bill 2043 to the governor’s office today.
The legislation provides the governor with the spending authority needed to honor his administration’s commitment to students regarding the Monetary Award Program (MAP) financial aid grants.

“Critical funding will keep college students on the path toward completing their degrees,” said Trotter, chairman of the Senate Appropriations II Committee and co-sponsor of the legislation. “I hope the governor stands with us to make college affordable and keep the doors open for our higher institutions of learning.”

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission estimates that under Senate Bill 2043, 125,000 to 130,000 eligible students will be approved for MAP grant assistance.  

“Thousands of Illinois students rely on the MAP grant program for access to education and to prepare for a better life,” Burke said. “Higher education is an essential state service that is just as important as elementary and secondary school, and should not be held up by this budget impasse.”

Without crucial funding, state community colleges and state universities are unsure if they will be able to continue to front the money for the MAP grant program. State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) hopes the governor and General Assembly can work together to restore this vital funding.

“MAP grants are absolutely vital to thousands of students across Illinois. Eliminating these funds is short-sighted and will have a long-term impact both on students and our state economy,” Murphy said.  “Today, I stand with these students and ask the governor to sign this legislation and invest in the future of Illinois.”

Trisha Rodriquez, a first-generation college student at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, relies on MAP assistance to pay for her education. Without MAP grant funding, Rodriquez would have to reconsider her financial options to continue her education.

“This isn’t a partisan issue. It’s about helping students like Trisha achieve their goals,” said State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign). “We need to get this money to students before they are forced to make further tough decisions about their future.”

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