Wheeler Relieved to See Common Sense Prevail On Higher Education Funding

State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) expressed her relief after a bipartisan group of legislators in the House and Senate came to an agreement that will ensure funding for higher education does not run out.

“This agreement is a major step forward because it will keep our students in the classroom and we won’t further exacerbate our backlog of unpaid bills,” said Wheeler. “This is how the process in Springfield is supposed to work. When we put aside the partisan wrangling and we let common sense prevail we can get a lot accomplished.”

The amendment to Senate Bill 2059 will temporarily fund higher education by using $600 million from the Education Assistance Fund and have no impact on the states already over stretched finances. When signed into law by the Governor, the agreement will keep Illinois’ universities open until a full budget agreement can be negotiated and will avert a series of impending layoffs and shutdowns.

“I hope the Governor moves quickly to sign this legislation and that this will lead to more compromise to create a comprehensive and balanced budget,” Wheeler concluded.