Stop Gap Higher Ed Funding Bill Approved

Today an emergency stopgap bill to fund higher education passed in the House. Senate Bill 2059 was presented as a measure to keep state universities open through the summer months and until further funding can be appropriated for higher education. Specifically, the bill has appropriated $600 million for higher education institutions from the Education Assistance Fund, funding which is immediately available.

Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) was on the forefront of discussions on this legislation. Fortner proposed a plan on Monday and worked diligently with legislators on both sides of the aisle throughout the week to find a solution to keep state universities open and running.

“This bill was an important step to ensure our universities can keep their doors open through the summer, and to give our students assurance that their universities are there for them in the fall,” said Fortner. “There is still much more to accomplish, but today was proof that we can make progress on funding issues through bipartisan work by members of the rank and file in the House and Senate.”

The Senate has approved the bill and it awaits final action from the Governor.

Rep. Fortner is hopeful the success of this legislation will set a tone for further resolutions on other funding related matters.