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Illinois Lawmaker Pushes For Free Tuition At State Universities


An Illinois legislator is calling for free tuition at state universities.

With the pile of unpaid Illinois bills topping $10 billion, Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, acknowledges it’s not a short-term goal.

“But, I want that to be the guide star. I want that to be the objective that we work toward,” he said. “And this year, I want us to pass something that’s going to make college a little more affordable and reduce the burden of debt on working families.”

He declined to give any specifics on what that “something” might be.

“Until we start putting out our own ideas there’s not going to be real compromise or negotiation,” he said. “The only question is how much will Democrats capitulate to Rauner’s agenda.”

Guzzardi says Democrats have not been offering their own ideas in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s. Until they do so, he says Democrats will be negotiating from a position of weakness.

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