Republicans Introduce Legislation to Create 'Stop Gap' Funding for Higher Education

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Springfield - Next month many students will graduate from college.

Those not graduating may have to look elsewhere to continue their education.

For those who are employed by universities, they're already looking.

"Seven faculty members resigned from their positions and announced that they would be leaving at Illinois State University to take jobs at institutions across the country," said state senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill).

State representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) said that he has a plan that could finally get money to state universities and their students.

It will would require the state to use the Educational Assistance Fund, which will have about $600M at the end of the fiscal year.

"Which provides a four-month stop gap funding for the state universities.  Basically going from may 1 to the end of august.  That should give us the certainty to open in the fall as well as provide us time to get a real permanent solution," said Fortner.

This measure would also provide a portion of MAP grants for universities as well.

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