- Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 04:37 PM
Senate Democrats sent a measure to Governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday that would give him the financial authority to release funding for State Universities, MAP grants, Amtrak and funds for the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) released the following statement:
“I have said it before and I will say it again: state universities need state funding. SIU is the largest employer in my district, and I refuse to stand by while this important economic driver faces laying off employees.
“Further, with this legislation, MAP grant funding would be released, thereby allowing struggling students to continue to receive a quality education. This is about keeping jobs in Southern Illinois and making sure students have resources to get jobs in the future.
“In addition, with this measure the governor has the ability to release the funding in the contract he signed with Amtrak, thereby allowing them to continue to service Southern Illinois. When Amtrak suffers, tourism suffers and thousands of SIU students suffer.
“We also gave the governor the ability to release funding for the youth based Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center in Benton, which serves 41 rural Southern Illinois counties. I hope the governor will give this heavy consideration before he vetoes yet another plan to get Illinois back on track.”