Students Plan Rally To Address Illinois Budget Impasse

Oct 28, 2015

Northern Illinois University students will rally Thursday to bring attention to the state’s budget impasse.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is the keynote speaker at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Dinner.

The Stevens Building at NIU is one of many state-funded projects that have been stalled due to the budget impasse
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Before he takes the stage, students, staff, and other community leaders will be in the center of campus calling for awareness of cuts to MAP grants, social services, and the halt in construction of the Stevens Building.

Student Association Senate Speaker Dillon Domke says the rally is to inform students and isn’t specifically targeting Rauner, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan or Senate President John Cullerton:

“At this point in the game, everyone has a responsibility for the fact that there is no budget,” Domke said.

Domke hopes the rally with help raise awareness of the effects of the budget gridlock on MAP grants.

“You’d be surprised at the number of students that don’t realize that their funding, their means of liveliness, or their ability to attend college is hanging in the balance and may not be here next semester for them to use,” he said.

The rally also will include a voter registration drive.