ICCTA Action Alert
June 12, 2002
The following legislative update was prepared by Joseph Cipfl,
president/CEO of the Illinois Community College Board.
After a long session, finishing about 9:00 p.m. last night, the Senate
completed its voting on motions to override each of the line item
vetoes and the reduction vetoes that Governor Ryan presented to
the Senate on June 10 and that I reported to you previously.
Out of 234 items, the Senate voted to override only one line item
veto and 21 reduction vetoes. Only those items overridden by
the Senate were then sent to the House for its consideration.
The House voted to concur with all of the Senate overrides
by 10:00 p.m. Both chambers have now adjourned.
In the final analysis, those reduction vetoes to the Illinois
Community College System Base Operating and Equalization
grants and the line item vetoes – the Special Populations
Grant, the Special Initiatives Grant, and the Leadership and
Core Values Grant – reported to you earlier were sustained.
However, the System did retain the add-ons for educational
programs by the Governor of $5 million to “downstate”
community colleges and $5 million to City Colleges of
Chicago, and the $2 million for the Core program at the
City Colleges. All the capital projects for community colleges
in the budget also were maintained.
Other than those line item and reduction vetoes reported to
you previously, there were cuts and reductions to other state
agencies that may affect some of our community colleges.
Line Items Eliminated:
Illinois Board of Higher Education HECA Teaching,
Learning & Quality grant – $2,750,000
Illinois Board of Higher Education HECA Workforce
& Economic Development grant – $2,550,000
Prairie State 2000 “ITAP” tuition and educational
vouchers for individuals – $1,210,000
Prairie State 2000 “ETAP” training grants and loans
to eligible employers – $2,250,000
Line Items Reduced:
Illinois Student Assistance Commission grant awards
reduced by $3,328,500 (in addition to the $35 million in
line items for MAP grants already eliminated)
Department of Commerce and Community Affairs
Industrial Training Program reduced by $3.5 million
Public universities suffered reductions totaling more
than $42.8 million
I want to thank each of you for all your efforts in helping
to keep the budgetary hardship for our community colleges
to a minimum. In this extraordinarily tough economic
climate, community colleges are needed more than ever
to re-train and re-skill individuals increasingly confronting
job elimination and dislocation. Thanks to you, our
community colleges continue to be in a position to meet
For additional information on state legislative issues,
contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.
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