General Assembly Approves Stopgap Funding for Higher Education

The Illinois General Assembly approved bipartisan legislation on Friday to provide $600 million in stopgap funding for higher education.

Senate Bill 2059 appropriates almost $600 million from the Educational Assistance Fund (EAF) for Illinois’ public universities, community college system, and MAP grants for college students.

“It is far past time that we provide funding for our higher education system in Illinois,” said Rep. Butler.  “This bill provides a lifeline to students, universities and community colleges at a time when one is definitely needed.  Our work is not done; we need to find a compromise solution to fund higher education and all of our budget, but this is a step in the right direction towards bipartisan solutions.”

Governor Bruce Rauner has stated he will sign the legislation as soon as it reaches his desk.