Illinois House fails to override veto of MAP funding

The Illinois House has failed to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of funding for college grants and two-year schools.
    
The House debated restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in college funding for two hours Wednesday afternoon. But overcoming Republican Rauner’s rejection of the spending required 71 votes. It failed 69-48.
 


The Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of hundreds of millions of dollars for higher education.
    
The 37-17 vote Wednesday sends the override action to the House. It would authorize spending $397 million for the income-based Monetary Award Program for needy college students and $324 million to help finance community colleges.
    
Republican Rauner vetoed the measure because there isn’t enough money to cover the cost. He has bickered with Democrats who control the Legislature, and there’s still no budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
    
Many colleges covered MAP funding for thousands of students during the fall semester but some said they wouldn’t be able to continue this spring. Four-year colleges have received no state money this year because of the stalemate.

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