After months of planning, Gov. Rauner has developed another temporary solution in order to fund Illinois colleges. The issue of underfunding for education has been a problem in Illinois for numerous years and only temporary solutions have been established. With Rauner’s stopgap budget he has allocated just over $11 billion in state and federal dollars and higher education institutions $1 billion. By funneling $1 billion towards the state higher education, institutions are able to be open during the Fall semester. However, this has come at the cost of cutting the MAP Grant from most Illinois Colleges, making “more loans” the only way for college students to pay for a education. We are seeking to gather information regarding the future steps for education funding whether it be permanent or temporary, for the result will impact the livelihoods of students. We spoke with Lindell Conner, A College student at the University of Illinois, Kate Samano, a College Graduate, and Justin Rose, a Diversity Counselor to better understand the cost of education as it stands now.
By Ron Washington, Porsche Jones, Tyrone Burnett, Martez Crosby