SIUCThe Illinois Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would give Governor Bruce Rauner the authority to appropriate more funds for the operational costs of eight public universities throughout Illinois.

In April, the General Assembly passed HB 2059, a bipartisan emergency funding plan that would free up funding for universities in order to keep them open and running. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure last week.

State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) noted that this plan didn’t go far enough, saying he voted for it because SIU is in a crisis situation.

Wednesday’s measure, Senate Bill 2048, would provide additional funding to SIU and other universities throughout the state.

“I have students in the streets protesting and calling on us to take action. Well, I hear you. We shouldn’t be in a crisis situation, and SIU needs its state funding,” Forby said. “Today we saw another piece of legislation to give SIU another 30 percent of the funds it needs to keep running. I am not thrilled to be voting again out of necessity. This is an avoidable situation. I want to remind the governor that he has a bill on his desk right now to give SIU 100 percent of the funding it needs right now.”

The measure passed the Senate with and now goes to the house for consideration.

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