ICCTA Action Alert
June 11, 2002
Call your Senators re: Special Populations Grants
Without warning, at noon on Monday, June 10, Gov. George Ryan vetoed
the entire amount appropriated for community college Special Populations
Grants in FY03 ($11.3 million). He also reduced community college
equalization and basic credit hour grants by 1% each. In addition,
funding for Leadership and Core Values Grants ($150,000) and for
Special Initiative Grants ($610,000) was eliminated.
Colleges depend heavily on Special Populations Grants. City Colleges
of Chicago was due to receive $5.2 million for Special Populations, and
the system's smallest college, Shawnee, was due to receive $61,104.
Ryan's veto would eliminate this funding.
The Governor's cuts would leave our colleges with 4.98% less than
they originally received for the current year. Universities would be down
6.46%, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission would drop 9.67%,
and the Illniois Math Science Academy would lose 18.56%.
Despite our comparative advantage, this is a very serious reduction,
and the Senate will have a chance today to override the vetoes.
Gov. Ryan may respond to vetoes with reductions in capital funding
and/or a veto of the "30 and out" early-retirement legislation.
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED:
1) Estimate your college's losses under the Governor's cuts.
2) Call your State Senator(s) TODAY, JUNE 11, and tell them about the
probable effects on your services and students.
(You can call your Senator's Springfield office and ask to be connected
to them on the floor, or call the Statehouse switchboard at 217-782-2000.)
For additional information on state legislative issues,
contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.
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