State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) and State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason) issued the following statement after the Lincoln College Board of Trustees abruptly announced that the Lincoln, IL based college would be permanently ending all academic programming at the end of the spring 2022 semester:
“Today’s unexpected and sudden closure announcement is devastating news for our local community. We both have had close family and friends who attended and graduated from Lincoln College, so we know just how special Lincoln is to its students and alumni.
“For more than 150 years, the namesake college of our 16th President has served as a higher educational pillar for central Illinois. It is painful to think that this historic institution will no longer be a part of our region.
“Our hearts go out to all of the lives that have been abruptly disrupted by this announcement. We promise to do everything within our power to help with the transition process for the students, faculty members, and staff impacted by the closure.”