House Democrats fail to override Rauner veto for tuition aid

Illinois House Democrats failed Wednesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s February veto of aid to community colleges and tuition assistance for qualifying college students. Supporters of the bill said $721 million would have gone to community colleges and funded state grants for low-income students. Opponents say the state doesn’t have the money to pay for this. They noted that if the state had the funds, it would prioritize other things anyway.

With one absent representative and Lake County Democrat Scott Drury breaking ranks and voting “no,” the override effort failed. A spokesperson for the governor later released a statement saying, “We applaud House Republicans and Representative Drury for standing up for taxpayers today. … We continue to urge Democratic leaders not to recess until the General Assembly passes a bipartisan proposal to fund MAP and higher education.”