TCFloor5.19.15SPRINGFIELD- Middle-class families in Illinois are struggling to keep up with the skyrocketing cost of tuition and fees at Illinois’ community colleges and universities. At a time when, Illinois college students and families are paying more than double the national average to attend a public four-year university, Governor Rauner is slashing higher education funding by 30 percent.

This week, the Illinois State Senate took up the discussion on making college more affordable for working families.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is urging the Illinois House to take action on House Bill 3593 to reform the misuse and abuse of taxpayer dollars at public universities and colleges in Illinois.

“If we are going to discuss college affordability, we need to include reforms to address administrative abuses at public universities and community colleges.  Increasing funding for higher education isn’t reasonable if we aren’t spending public dollars responsibly and effectively,” said Cullerton. “Working families shouldn’t sacrifice higher education or financial health to pay bloated administrative benefits and severance packages for failed performances.”

HB3593 is currently in the House Rules Committee. The House will need to concur with the amendment filed in the Senate before sending the legislation to the governor’s desk.

The Senate released a report exposing perks and extravagant salaries received by public university and community college administrators with state funds. The report found tuition and fees at public universities have spiked almost 84 percent over the last decade; the average tuition increase is nearly $4,100.  As tuition increases, between 1998 and 2008 spending on administration and staff support increased by almost 36 percent.

“We need to work to turn things around for middle-class families in Illinois. Providing an affordable education to our students will contribute to increased economic opportunity, higher employment rates and stability for our families,” said Cullerton. “However, there need to be reforms to the way taxpayer funds are used to ensure families are getting the best value for their investment.”

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