State Representative Reggie Phillips this week filed a bi-partisan plan to provide emergency state funding for four-year universities, including Eastern Illinois University, and community colleges. While the state’s budget stalemate continues, Representative Phillips (R-Charleston) stressed that Higher Education cannot wait any longer for state funding.

“This impasse has gone on for more than eight months…that’s two thirds of a year that Eastern and other colleges and universities have struggled without funding. They can’t go on any longer. We need to provide emergency funding, and we need to do it now,” Phillips said.

This week Representative Phillips along with State Representative Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) filed legislation providing $160 million in emergency funding for Universities like Eastern, and an additional $40 million for community colleges. Phillips’ House Bill 6409 would be funded by redirecting dollars currently earmarked to repay excess fund balances swept last year.