The Illinois General Assembly reached a bipartisan compromise Friday by approving legislation which will send $600 million in stopgap funding for higher education.

“I am thrilled we have reached a bipartisan solution to help keep our community colleges and public universities open this fall. I hope this is a sign of more compromise to come from the legislature. I am keeping my toes and fingers crossed hoping the Senate will approve this stopgap funding today because the Governor said he will sign the bill.”

Senate Bill 2059 Amendment #3 appropriates $600 million from the Educational Assistance Fund (EAF) for Illinois’ public universities, community college system, and MAP grants for college students. The legislation now heads to the Senate for approval before reaching Governor Rauner’s desk.

Rep. Meier added, “Today’s action is only temporary, but necessary to provide assurance for students attending college this fall. We still have more work to do on reaching an agreement on a state budget, however this is a step in the right direction. I won’t give up fighting for more compromise and a balanced state budget.”
The Illinois House of Representatives completed its first week back in session for the week of April 4th. Throughout the week lawmakers scurried to get their legislation approved before the April 7th deadline for potential laws to be voted out of committee.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was successful at getting three legislative proposals he sponsored approved, however Rep. Meier was disappointed with not getting a vote on an additional three pieces of legislation introduced for 2016.

“With only one week to get the legislation I sponsored approved, I didn’t stop and I won’t stop trying to pass the bills which are most important to the constituents I represent,” said Rep. Meier. “The truth is, one Democrat lawmaker from Chicago makes the ultimate decision on which legislative proposals get a chance to be voted on in the Illinois House. I wanted an up or down vote on three bills which are very important to my constituents but unfortunately we were not given the opportunity.”