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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Tuition Reduction Act.
(a) The General Assembly recognizes that this State's
higher education system plays a critical role in ensuring this
State's continued leadership role in driving economic
prosperity, innovation, and opportunity. By educating citizens
for living wage jobs, producing world-class research, and
helping to create vibrant communities, this State's
institutions of higher education form a foundational component
in ensuring prosperity for our citizens.
(b) The General Assembly also recognizes the importance of
prioritizing scarce resources for the core, front-line
services that higher education institutions provide, namely
instruction, research, and robust financial aid. During times
of economic downturn, policymakers must focus on those areas of
public service that have the most direct and immediate impact
on students. Keeping class sections open, attracting the best
professors and instructors, providing comprehensive support
services, and offering meaningful financial help to offset the