05172017CM0586RA balanced budget that would restore funding to Governors State University, Prairie State College, public schools and struggling human service providers passed the Senate this week.

The final package includes a combination of more than $3 billion in cuts, reforms and new revenues that will bring stability to Illinois. 

“The time for ridiculous arguing about minute details is getting in the way of the statesmanship that Illinois so desperately needs right now,” said State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights). “Our citizens need a balanced budget. Our children need it. Our social services need it. This state cannot bear another day of us wasting time.”

The balanced budget passed by the Senate will bring certainty back to students from preschool through college, restoring funding for universities like Governors State University, which has been forced to cut 22 degrees and hike tuition 15 percent due to the budget impasse.

Community colleges, including Prairie State College which has been forced to raise tuition due to the budget impasse, would also see their funding restored. MAP grants for college students would be fully funded and public schools would be able to open on time this fall.

Funding for a host of human service programs, many of which have been decimated in the budget crisis, would be fully funded, including affordable child care services, domestic violence shelters and youth employment, Teen Reach and community youth services.

“We have a responsibility to end the chaos in this state,” Hutchinson said.

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