College Costs Next Up for Legislature

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on college affordability Tuesday as part of their summer overtime session.

With two weeks to go before the state enters a new fiscal year without a budget in place, the Senate hearing is expected to mirror one held last week on property taxes, in which witnesses testified before the entire Senate on the positive and negative effects of freezing property taxes.

The hearing is designed to highlight another difference between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control both chambers of the General Assembly.

“It’s an opportunity for us to talk about ways to turn things around for the middle class,” said Rikeesha Phelon, spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago

Democrat legislators are battling Rauner over his push to enact business-friendly reforms in exchange for a tax increase that would help close a $3 billion budget gap.

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