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Foster Leads Call for Governor Rauner to Restore MAP Grant Funding

Apr 11, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – In a letter to Governor Rauner, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) and eight members of the Illinois congressional delegation called for immediate action to aide Illinois college students facing financial hardship due to the prolonged state budget impasse.

The letter calls on the governor to reconsider his decision to veto legislation that would have restored funding for the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) – immediately helping thousands of students who rely on MAP grants to pursue their education.

“As you may know, because of the prolonged budget impasse many Illinois colleges and universities have been scrambling to solve growing budget shortfalls,” the representatives wrote. “This has led to extreme measures, directly preventing our citizens from bettering their situation through education.”

“In February, you vetoed a bill that could have helped solve this problem, publicly stating that this is “a very tragic situation” and “a failure of the government.” As the Governor of our state, you have the responsibility to rectify these tragic situations and ensure that government operates properly.” 

“Students should not be made to suffer because of politics,” Congressman Foster said. “The education of our young people is too important to the future of Illinois to be used as political leverage. It’s time for the Governor to act.”

The full letter is available here.