$300M quickly for community colleges from state capital program: Is it for the right projects?

July 25, 2019 | Daily Herald

Billions of dollars are earmarked for dozens of community college campus projects in Illinois’ capital improvement budget despite a more than 21% statewide drop in enrollment from 2014 to 2018.

That includes more than $300 million for two dozen community college projects expected to be fast-tracked as part of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature “Rebuild Illinois” campaign he signed into law late last month. The $45 billion campaign came with a series of tax increases, fee hikes and tax credit eliminations as well as a massive gambling expansion designed to raise revenue for the plan.

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