The House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee on Thursday morning approved a higher education budget bill on a partisan, 14-9, roll call. All Democrats voted for the bill; all Republicans were opposed.
The bill now moves to the House floor where final approval could come later today. Based on the fact that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget registered this morning as a proponent of the budget bill, Gov. Pat Quinn’s approval of the higher education spending plan is considered likely.
The bill is one of two that Democrats pushed through the state Senate on Wednesday, giving both higher education and elementary and secondary education close to the same levels of funding as the current year.
The University of Illinois was satisfied with the "flat" funding, spokesman Tom Hardy said, because it was an improvement over the level suggested earlier this year by Gov. Pat Quinn.