State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) joined a bipartisan, bicameral group yesterday to announce stopgap funding that would fund student MAP grants and state universities. “Our proposal will immediately provide one semester of MAP grant funding to Illinois’ neediest students, while work on a full budget continues,” said Davidsmeyer.

The proposal, devised by Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago), taps the projected $600 million dollars currently held in the Educational Assistance Fund (EAF). 

The EAF is used to fund a mix of K through 12 education and higher education. The K through 12 portion has already been appropriated, leaving $600 million in the fund.

MAP grant recipients would receive one semester of funding at a cost of $198,536,550 from the EAF. State universities and the Illinois Math and Science Academy would receive four months stopgap allocation from May until August of 2016. The estimated four month allocation is $359,726,867 and nearly exhausts the EAF. 

“The General Assembly must act to ensure that our students receive the promised MAP funding and to make sure our universities remain open. This is just a first step towards funding higher education.”

A Chicago-based group will soon be hitting the airwaves and mailboxes with untrue negative attacks on State Representative CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville). “After this past primary, haven’t we seen enough negativity and mudslinging,” said Rep. CD Davidsmeyer. “I’m working to find a true budget compromise that will put the State of Illinois on a path for a better future. This means that neither the Governor, nor the Speaker of the House can get everything on their ‘want list’ until we take care of the needs of our state.”

Rep. Davidsmeyer continues to encourage the Governor’s Administration and Chicago Democrats to work on a compromise budget that will end the ten month budget battle. “I am ready to be the adult in the room and will compromise with anyone who shares my open mind,” said Davidsmeyer.

Rep. Davidsmeyer encourages Democrats to begin negotiations on employee back pay and Fiscal Year 2016's budget. 
Rep. Davidsmeyer took to the IL House floor to fight for employee back pay during debate .
State Representative CD Davidsmeyer with Members of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.