House Fails Veto Override


Springfield - A bill that would green light spending on community colleges and MAP grants failed to pass both chambers at the Illinois Capitol.

The measure was an attempt override of Governor Rauner's veto.
While it would pass the Senate earlier on Wednesday,it would fall two votes short of passing the House.
Lawmakers were split on the issue, with some saying it could save a school year for community colleges and students, while others said the measure did nothing for the state's four-year universities.

"They're such a part of the solution to college affordability and making sure they're funded for the next year, and it's got to be a priority for our state," said Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

"The retribution that the speaker has dished out for that is to push an appropriations bill that zeroes them out.  This is intolerable," said Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon).

Both the House and Senate return to the Capitol Thursday, however, following that session, the House won't be back until April 5th.

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