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April 13, 2019 - Illinois university students support bold actions to renew the Prairie State - …Thirty-five students from nine Illinois colleges and universities — both public and private — attended our inaugural summit, “Renewing Illinois: Ambitious Dreams and Practical Steps to Revive the Prairie State.”…

April 11, 2019 - SIU hardest hit by long-term state cutback in veterans education funding - Each spring, the leaders of Illinois’ public universities travel to Springfield to advocate for their schools with the legislators crafting the state’s budget.
Under new Gov. J.B. Pritzker, that exercise has taken a more hopeful tone, as Pritzker has pushed for healthy increases to university funding and more Illinois MAP grants for students with demonstrated financial need.

April 7, 2019 - 'What's best for you': B-N high schools expand opportunities for college, career - High school students in Bloomington-Normal and across Illinois will soon be asked to start early when making the choices that will take them beyond graduation.
According to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the state has the goal of 90 percent or more of students graduating from high school ready for college and a career by 2032.

April 4, 2019 - Higher education advocates find new optimism at Illinois Capitol - There was much ado about higher education in the Illinois Capitol Thursday, as lawmakers discussed funding increases for higher education, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill to strengthen a financial aid program and higher education advocates rallied on the Capitol rotunda.

April 4, 2019 - Lawmakers propose bills for education reform - Three state lawmakers, including Senator Omar Aquino, Senator Ann Gillespie and Representative Emanuel Welch, introduced a series of proposals aimed at higher education.
These bills would close college attainment gaps, make college more affordable and expand access to mental health treatment.

March 12, 2019 - Illinois losing even more high school graduates to out-of-state colleges - For years, Illinois colleges and universities have tried to find new ways to attract more high school graduates from within the state, while young people increasingly are choosing to pursue their degrees elsewhere. (A subscription may be required to view this article.)

March 3, 2019 - State Rep. Keicher proposes MAP grants bill addressing teacher shortage - For those who want to go back to school after receiving a bachelor’s degree to get a teaching certificate, one state lawmaker salutes you with a new proposed Monetary Award Program grant bill.

March 1, 2019 - MAP grant funding was much needed - It is imperative Illinois policy-makers continue prioritizing higher education since it will help not only students, but the recovering economy as well.

February 21, 2019 - Governor Wants More Money For Education - In his budget address today, Gov. J.B. Pritzker listed education as one of his top three priorities, requesting increased funding for programs across the educational spectrum, from babies to grade school to colleges and universities.

February 14, 2019 - 7 Higher Education Bills To Watch In Illinois - A flurry of bills affecting higher education have been introduced in Springfield this year. A recurring theme: stopping the so-called brain drain of Illinois’ best and brightest to universities outside Illinois. That’s an issue newly sworn-in Gov. JB Pritzker ran on.

January 29, 2019 - State Rep. Carol Ammons Wants More State Funding For Illinois Higher Ed - State Representative Carol Ammons wants to provide more state funding to Illinois universities and colleges. Ammons was recently appointed chair of the state's Higher Education Committee.

January 28, 2019 - New Student Loan Program Gives Yearly Estimates Of Debt - Garrett Wise graduated from Northern Illinois University just over three years ago. As he strode across the stage and collected his Bachelor's degree in applied physics, he knew that, like most students, he accumulated student loan debt. He just didn't know how bad it was.

January 10, 2019 - J.B. Pritzker Interview — On Criminal Justice, Higher Ed, Taxes, And Legislative Ethics - J.B. Pritzker is set to become the 43rd governor of Illinois on Monday. He won in part by promising to make college more affordable, improve the state’s finances, and reform the criminal justice system.

January 10, 2019 - The Pritzker Agenda - Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office next week on the heels of the most decisive election victory in a generation. And he’ll be working to pass his agenda through the biggest Democratic majorities in the General Assembly since the 1960s.

January 9, 2019 - Legislators make fix to fund use limits in scholarship bill - Illinois lawmakers have modified a new college scholarship program to give public universities more flexibility in how they spend the state's portion of the funding.