With college tuition on the rise, Illinois House Republicans say they want to give working class families a break, and an incentive to go to a school in state.
Rep. Adam Brown graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2007, but in that short time, tuition’s steadily gone up.
BROWN: “The average cost for tuition, fees and books right now – $26,000 and ten years ago that was $19,000.”
Brown proposes giving families a tax credit worth $1000 to help offset expenses for going to an accredited Illinois college or university. It’d only last four years, and be available to families with incomes under $150,000.
Of course -giving families a tax break means Illinois would be giving up that revenue. And Republicans, like Brown, have been calling for the state to rein in spending and for a rollback of the 2011 income tax hike. Still, Brown defends his plan.
BROWN: “Very few issues are more important than a well-educated working class and that’s exactly what these tax relief/incentive packages provide.”
Brown also wants to lift restrictions on the types of pre-paid college tuition funds, or 529s, on which Illinois residents can claim deductions.
“Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas, on June 19, 1900.” – Wikimedia Commons
For two decades Springfielders have celebrated Juneteenth. It’s a holiday commemorated in most states. It marks the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, which came two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
Locally, festivities include a parade, Gus Macker basketball competitions, food, music and more this Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 7 in Comer Cox Park. Rachel Otwell recently spoke with Doris Williams, who helps organize the event. She explains what the celebration is all about:
Gen. Benjamin Grierson won acclaim for his tactical raid that helped the Union forces take Vicksburg. But before then, he was a music teacher in Jacksonville. This weekend, the community’s annual event to honor Grierson takes place. Plenty of free events that tie history and entertainment together are part of Grierson Days.