LV 3-6-13

A key component of the American dream is higher education.  And yet, here in Illinois at least…..that dream is starting to get out of the grasp of middle class families.

I see where Eastern Illinois University is upping tuition—-after similar news from almost every other institution of higher learning in the Prairie State.

There is a crisis brewing—-one seen and noted by current Lt. Governor Shelia Simon in a new report called “Game Changers.”  Simon is the Governor’s point person on education—-and she correctly points to the fact that tuition is skyrocketing.

Did you know that one of the biggest freshman classes of first-time, full time Illinois students is in Columbia, Missouri? That’s right. Mizzou is pillaging Illinois for our college students because it is less expensive than our state schools.

One doesn’t have to look any further than Carbondale to see enrollments plummet at SIU. Most of the students that formerly became Salukis—-are instead going to the University of Southern Indiana, Murray State and SEMO.

The costs are skyrocketing because our state is starving our universities and community colleges of money. And that is because a Democratic legislature and a Democratic Governor can’t agree on how to solve a budget-busting pension crisis.

Our kids need college……and they have to be able to afford it.  Join me in demanding a solution to the state’s pension crisis.

The continuation of the American dream in this state depends on it.

That’s Land’s View.  I’d like to hear yours.  I’m Dave Land.

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