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Support More MAP

After a two-year budget delay, the state finally has a final budget that includes MAP funding of approximately $401 million for FY 2018 (the 2017-18 school year). While this increase in funding brings MAP funding level closer to FY 2011 funding levels, there is still more demand for MAP than funding, and MAP lacks the buying power that it had a decade ago. You can continue to make your voice heard and let your elected officials know that not only do we need more funding, but after two years of uncertainty about whether any MAP funding would be available, students need assurance that funding will be there for them. 

Talk about why MAP Matters

Get in touch with elected officials to let them know why MAP matters to you!

Elected officials want to know about the issues their constituents care about. After all, they are in office to represent you! Although the Illinois General Assembly isn’t expected to take any more votes on MAP funding until spring of 2018, you can always let your elected officials know what MAP means to you and ask for their support for increased funding—and more certainty— in the future. Share your personal story about how MAP has made a difference for you—it’s important that our elected officials continue to hear real stories year-round about why MAP Matters. Here are a couple of tools you can use to reach out to elected officials to ask them to support increased MAP funding.

  • First—find your legislator. Not sure who your State Representative and State Senator are? Use this easy tool to find out. (Note: because MAP is an Illinois State budget issue, you will want to reach out to your STATE Senator and Representative, not your U.S. Representative and Senator.)
  • Write or email your legislators and the Governor. Here are a few more tips:
    • Send an email or write legibly if you aren’t using a computer. Be sure to include your full name and address—your legislator will want to know that you are in his/her district.
    • Address your email/letter to The Honorable [name].
    • Use your own personal experience to explain why MAP matters to you. If you were impacted by the budget delay and the uncertainty of MAP funding, tell them about how that impacted you. And if you finally received MAP after the delay, tell them what that meant for you as well! You don’t have to write a long letter, but a few sentences about your own experience will make a big difference!
    • Thank them for their consideration in working to ensure that MAP is reliably funded in the future.  

 Get the word out on Social Media!

Let’s keep the buzz going about why MAP Matters and build momentum to advocate for timely adoption of a final FY 2019 budget that will fund more MAP. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MAPMatters