SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate has passed a measure to approve funding that will allow struggling college students to continue their education.
State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) voted to approve funding for the state’s Monetary Award Grant program, which was originally approved last May but vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, thereby freezing the funds.
“There are many students who rely on MAP grants for their college tuition,” Haine said. “We voted to ensure students have the opportunity to have access to a quality education. With this legislation we are investing in students’ as well as our state’s future. We must not turn our back on this.”
Haine’s district is home to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as well as Lewis and Clark Community College. Haine said he hopes the governor will see eye to eye with legislators and refrain from vetoing the measure.
The legislation, Senate Bill 2043, provides funding for community colleges, vocational training and adult education programs.
As of Friday, the legislation was awaiting Rauner’s approval.