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It is in the state's interest to fully fund higher education. These reports explain what the state has lost by not funding public colleges and universities in Illinois.

Higher Education Funding in Illinois Presentation
(IEA Higher Education Council, Beverly Stewart)

High Impact Higher Education, Understanding the Costs of the Recent Budget Impasse in Illinois
(Illinois Economic Policy Institute)

Illinois’ Significant Disinvestment in Higher Education
(Center for Tax and Budget Accountability)

The College Affordability Crisis in America (U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee)

The Situation for College Graduates in 2018 - new report from the Economic Policy Institute.  Get it here:  https://www.epi.org/publication/class-of-2018-college-edition