- Published: Thursday, January 28, 2016 01:52 PM
The Illinois Senate passed a measure Thursday to approve funding that will allow struggling college students the ability to continue their education.
State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) voted to approve funding for the state’s Monetary Award Grant program. The funding was originally approved last May. However, Governor Rauner vetoed the measure thereby freezing the funds.
“MAP grant funding provides students who are struggling economically the chance to work toward a better and brighter future,” said Forby. “Today, we voted to ensure students have the opportunity to continue their education. It is important we continue to provide Illinois students with the tools they need to enter the workforce. Today, we made this a priority by ensuring students continue to have access to an education.”
Forby, who has several community colleges and Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the district he represents, said he hopes the governor will see the importance of this legislation and abstain from a veto.
The legislation, Senate Bill 2043, also provides funding for community colleges, vocational training and adult education programs.
The Senate passed the legislation Thursday, and it will now be sent to the governor.