Sunday, March 8, 2015

Illinois State Senator Starts Petition To Try To Stop Budget Cuts - LISA RYAN, WUIS

Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a large budget cut for higher education, including the University of Illinois. Illinois Sen. Scott Bennett is trying to stop the governor from slashing the U of I's budget, and he's beginning to fight that battle with a stack of paper and a list of names. Bennett, who is from Champaign, where the University of Illinois' main campus is located, has started a petition in opposition to Rauner's plan. Bennett says the names he collects signify more than a line on a budget. "You hear their stories already about having to move back in after graduation with their parents, having to, you know, take time off from school because they simply aren't able to afford the tuition and fees that we're asking them to pay," he said.

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