(CHICAGO) A $600 million temporary funding fix for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities has finally passed in Springfield after lawmakers delayed a vote Thursday. The House and Senate was expected to vote on it Thursday, but instead adjourned for the night.
Republican House Leader Jim Durkin told lawmakers Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign the bill. In a statement, Rauner said, “By passing this bipartisan agreement, lawmakers in both chambers put aside political differences to provide emergency assistance for higher education, ensuring universities and community colleges remain open and low-income students can pay for school. We are hopeful the General Assembly will build on this bipartisan momentum in the weeks ahead as we negotiate a balanced budget with reform for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017.”
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