Higher Education Coalition to Make Funding Push with Springfield Rally on April 20

Group Unites to Urge Lawmakers, Governor to Solve Months-Long Funding Stalemate

SPRINGFIELD –(ENEWSPF)—April 18, 2016.   Legislators and the governor need to recognize the serious consequences 10 months without state funding is causing for Illinois colleges and universities and end the stalemate now, a higher ed coalition will call for at a rally near the Capitol.

Member of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education will descend on Springfield at noon on Wednesday, April 20, for a large outdoor rally to pressure lawmakers and Gov. Rauner to reach a funding solution for colleges and universities. The rally will take place at the Illinois Education Association parking lot, 100 E. Edwards (near 2nd and Edwards) in Springfield.

The Coalition is a collection of business, labor, and organizations representing public and private colleges and universities coming together to urge immediate action. Illinois universities and colleges have gone without hundreds of millions of dollars in MAP grants and operational funding since July, and aid has not been included in relief packages approved by legislators and the governor since the summer while they have not reached agreement on a full-year budget. The rally continues the coalition’s work to raise awareness of and build pressure for a funding solution, after a series of news conferences and other advocacy efforts since the beginning of the year.

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