September 29, 2015

The State Senate Higher Education Committee, chaired by State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill), will be convening a hearing at John A. Logan College in Carterville on Thursday, October 1 to discuss the impact the current budget impasse is having on higher education in Illinois.

Even without a state budget in place, nearly 90 percent of state spending has been committed because of recent court rulings and the governor’s administration actions; however state support for higher education is still unsettled. Colleges and universities, which traditionally receive almost $2 billion from the state budget, are currently subsidizing state grants and programs, such as the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Grow Your Own Teachers Program, and the Dependent Grants Program in the hopes that a resolution to the budget stalemate will soon be realized.

This is the third hearing in a series of four held in the last few weeks across the state.

WHO: State Senator Pat McGuire and other State Senators with representatives from: John A. Logan College, Shawnee, Southeastern Illinois College, Shawnee Community College, Rend Lake College, Southern Illinois University, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, students and parents

WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: John A. Logan College, Batteau Room, 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL