Link: Illinois doesn't want gimmicky rhetoricVERNON HILLS—Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) responded to news of layoffs at multiple community colleges and universities in Lake County and across the state.

“Our higher education infrastructure is crumbling. Community colleges and universities are forced to make drastic decisions because Governor Rauner won’t negotiate seriously with the General Assembly,” Link said.

The College of Lake County announced recently the cutting of 20 positions. College President Jerry Weber stated that might not be enough to close the gap and that more layoffs could be on the way after the school year.

“The governor has had multiple opportunities to prioritize higher education, and he vetoed every one,” Link said. “The College of Lake County and the state need a budget, not more gimmicky rhetoric.”

The Senate recently passed legislation, Senate Bill 2059, which among other things would send funding to institutions of higher education. It goes to the House for consideration when the General Assembly reconvenes next week.

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041713br0167ResizeSPRINGFIELD—People who may not have realized they have property sitting at government entities will find out much earlier that their unclaimed property is with the state treasurer waiting to be claimed.

Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) has proposed legislation (SB 2783) that would require government entities to report unclaimed property as abandoned after five years instead of seven. This would allow the treasurer to receive the unclaimed property and attempt to alert someone to this nearly two years earlier.

“For some people it could be a paycheck that got returned to the entity. That would do more good in the hands of the person it belonged to instead of sitting in a vault somewhere,” said Link.

The legislation would bring government entities in line with private companies in needing to report any unclaimed property as abandoned after five years. After being reported as abandoned it is sent to the state treasurer’s office who maintains all unclaimed property.

If anyone believes they may have unclaimed property, they should go to

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042115CM0706ResizeSPRINGFIELD—Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 2043. The legislation would fund MAP grants and community colleges for FY 2016.

“We all have students in our districts that are struggling to find ways to pay for their education. There are thousands of student throughout the state who were promised assistance in going to college through the MAP grant. Now is the time the state keeps that promise,” said Senator Link.

Senator Link’s district includes nearly 1,500 MAP grant recipients that received more than $4.6 million in FY 15. Some of those same students are now either not allowed to return to school without paying up front or risk having to pay the school back at the end of the year.

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012716CM0640resizeSPRINGFIELD—State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) had the following response to the governor’s budget address:

“This smoke-and-mirrors routine the governor continually delivers needs to end. We need a serious proposal that solves all the problems of Illinois. We need to be done with this piecemeal approach that the governor wants to take. If the governor wants to negotiate he needs to put forward a serious budget proposal, not more charades,” said Senator Link.

“This governor continues to deliver the rhetoric that doesn’t help Illinois families. Today in his speech, the governor has continued to ignore those trying to better themselves with a college education.”

“Those who have been harmed the most show us that this is more than about the budget. This is about the seniors and students who don’t care about this agenda that the governor keeps trying to force through. They want a spending plan that puts the state back on a path to prosperity.”

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