Willis: Rauner’s Veto of College Funding Puts Students at Risk

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After efforts to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a bill that would fund MAP grants did not receive the required votes to pass, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, issued the following statement:

“There are countless students throughout the state of Illinois who rely on MAP grants to afford their costs of attending college. Restoring funding to MAP grants is one of my top priorities, and I have been outspoken in my support of legislation that would do so. This bill is a common sense measure that would keep students enrolled at their colleges and universities and allow them to continue their education. The governor’s veto and the failure of the legislature to override his veto carelessly puts the future of these students at risk.”

“As I have stated before, we need to work together to find solutions for Illinois’ future. I remain willing to compromise to make sure that we continue to fund the programs that our communities rely on. We need to end the partisanship and inflexibility that is leading to devastating effects for area college students, as well as other groups, like women in need of cancer screenings and home-bound seniors. I will continue to work for measures that are important to the taxpayers I represent, and I urge the governor and my colleagues in the House to join me in funding these critical programs and services.”