Senator Pat McGuire to Hold Higher Education Budget Hearing at JJC Sept. 24

The Senate Higher Education Committee, chaired by State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill), will convene a hearing at Joliet Junior College on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. to discuss the impact the current budget impasse is having on higher education in Illinois.

Even without a state budget in place, nearly 90 percent of state spending has been committed because of recent court rulings and the governor’s actions; however, state support for higher education is still unsettled. Colleges and universities, which traditionally receive almost $2 billion from the state budget, are currently subsidizing state grants and programs, such as the Monetary Award Program (MAP) and the Grow Your Own Teachers Program, in the hopes that a resolution to the budget stalemate will soon be realized.

This is the first hearing in a series of four to be held in the coming weeks across the state.

WHO: State Senator Pat McGuire, with representatives from: University of St. Francis, Joliet Junior College, Lewis University, South Suburban College, Prairie State College, Illinois Community College Board, students and parents, Illinois Student Assistance Commission

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2015

WHERE: Joliet Junior College, Room A-1061 – Presentation Room, 1215 Houbolt Rd


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