SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House killed legislation Thursday that would have put limits on a tuition break program for employees of the state’s public universities.
The proposal mustered just 25 “yes” votes of the 60 needed for passage. It would have limited the current 50 percent tuition cut to families with household incomes of $50,000 or less.
Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, wants to end the benefit.
“Illinois cannot afford this anymore,” Arroyo said.
But supporters said the benefit is an important recruiting tool for university employees.
To qualify, workers must be employed at the university for seven years. It costs the institutions about $8 million per year.
Despite the state’s significant budget challenges, Republicans who represent the state’s major universities urged their colleagues to keep the benefit in place.
“Don’t eliminate this waiver,” said Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, who represents Illinois State University.
The legislation is House Bill 5531.