University Park, IL,
11:40 AM

Governors State Students to Rally in Springfield for Budget Passage

Governors State University students will travel to Springfield on Tuesday, October 20 to join with students from all the other Illinois public universities for a rally to urge state lawmakers to pass a budget. The goal of the rally is to deliver a message to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislators to invest in higher education by passing a budget for the current fiscal year.

This will mark the second time GSU students have embarked on a trip to Springfield this year to meet with legislators. In April, GSU students rallied in opposition to the proposed budget cuts to Illinois public higher education. The students delivered a petition to the governor signed by citizens concerned about the proposed cuts. This time, with a budget still not passed, the students will gather to remind Gov. Rauner and the legislators of the important investment higher education represents and the dire consequences of not having approved funding.

The rally will begin at the Capital at 10:30 a.m. Students from the nine public universities—The University of Illinois, Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University, will be in attendance.