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Gordon-Booth Speaks Out Against Lacking Higher Education Funding

After Failed Vote, Governor’s Veto Continues to Block Higher Education

March 3, 2016 PEORIA, Ill. – After the Illinois House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of funding for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, adult education and community colleges, state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, who supported the programs, issued the following statement:

“It has been a devastating day for our higher education students and colleges across the state. I am beyond frustrated that we were not able to override the governor’s veto on Senate Bill 2043 that would provide funding for MAP Grants for our students in both universities and community colleges.

“I voted to support low-income students and their dreams of a better life because I believe in the importance of education, and I know how hard many of the students in our state are working in order to earn their degree. They should not be punished because our state lacks a budget, but rather, we should encourage and aid them in their education.

“I am listening to the students who attend colleges in my district, such as Bradley University and they are struggling and asking for our help. I refuse to abandon them and their needs. I have been ready and willing to work in a bipartisan manner in order to help the people I represent and I will continue to do so.”