EVERGREEN PARK, IL — Evergreen Park lawmaker Kelly Burke was honored by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. The state representative was designated a “Champion of Higher Education” for her continued advocacy on behalf of Illinois colleges and universities.
“Our state is home to some of the nation’s best public and private colleges and universities and it’s important for us to continue investing in this vital resource,” Burke said. “I am ready to work in a bipartisan manner with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass a fair and responsible budget that fully funds our colleges and universities and protects our most vulnerable residents.”
Last week, Burke supported the passage of over $400 million in emergency funding for state universities, community colleges, and the MAP Grant program, which helps tens of thousands of students cover education costs. The measure Burke backed would also provide desperately needed funding for women’s shelters, autism programs and home care services for thousands of seniors.
State Rep. Kelly Burke, center, recieves the Champion of Higher Education award from The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities (FIICU). Saint Xavier University President Christine Wiseman, left, and FIICU Executive Director Dave Tressler, right, honored Burke for her continued advocacy of higher education.