For Illinois's Public Colleges, No State Money Means Plenty of Pain

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Pat McGuire, chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Higher Education Committee, says it pains him to see working-class families trying to figure out how to afford college amid the budget uncertainty. "What we’re doing to them is horrible," he says.
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This May, Donnie Lewis will earn an associate degree from Richland Community College, in Illinois, putting him one step closer to his dream of becoming a lobbyist at the state’s General Assembly. But Mr. Lewis, legislative chair of the...

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