Jesiel: Our Students Don’t Deserve Another Empty Promise

This morning, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) stood up for students and taxpayers against an empty promise offered by House Democrats. Jesiel noted the deceitful nature of Senate Bill 2043 as an empty promise to students dependent on MAP grants to attend college.

“My colleague, Rep. Dan Brady, used the best word possible when discussing this legislation yesterday during the Higher Education Committee, unconscionable,” said Jesiel. “That is exactly what SB 2043 is, a dishonest and empty promise to the thousands of students at Illinois colleges and universities who rely on MAP funding. These students have studied hard, done what was asked of them and sadly they’re being tricked into believing this legislation will give them the money to go back to school in the fall. It won’t and it’s unconscionable to lie to them like this.”

Jesiel concluded, “There is an alternate proposal, HB 4539, that would fund MAP grants, as well as our community colleges and universities, but it’s been shrugged aside without a second thought to reaching a compromise. As I said yesterday, it’s time for both sides of the aisle to drop the ideology, work together and pass an honest, balanced and constitutional state budget.”