Equity: Should Colleges With Large Minority Populations Be Funded Despite Impasse?
Chicago State University won’t have funds to operate by March 1 if state money is not released, officials there have said.
Rep. Andre Thapedi, a Chicago Democrat, has sponsored legislation to have $25 million from the state go to predominantly minority public colleges. That would affect Chicago State University and several community colleges. Those colleges have minority enrollment of at least 75%.
Thapedi said he sponsored the legislation because schools with large minority populations are dealing with the most vulnerable students.
Sen. Kim Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is sponsor of the measure in the Senate.
Illinois Public Radio's Maureen McKinney discussed the legislation with Rep. Thapedi.