CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The Eastern Illinois University president noted that he was heartened by the movement in the Illinois House Monday.
David Glassman commented about the ground that had been covered on two budget measures that would give Eastern and other state agencies stable funding that they have not seen since 2015. Over the weekend, a budget bill package initially made its way through the House, then later the Senate, that would give the state a annual budget.
"I am heartened by the overwhelming, bipartisan passage of the package," Glassman said in the email.
Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the package Tuesday, the Senate voted to override 39-15 sending it to the House. The house did not plan to vote on the motion Tuesday.
"(State Rep. Reggie Phillips, R-Charleston) put EIU and the Charleston community ahead of his own political interests to ensure their continued viability going forward," Glassman stated in the email.
Both Phillips and State Sen Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, voted in favor of the budget package.
Based on comments made during a media availability after the Senate vote posted on Capitol Fax, Righter said he voted for this package because of comments he received from those in his district.
"In the end, you vote your district," he said.
The package of bills that will effectively fund 100 percent of EIU’s fiscal year 17 budget and 90 percent of fiscal year 18, as previously reported.
The package would also provide full Monetary Award Program funding for both years and $5 million for capital repairs.
According to the Associated Press, the revenue-generating measure House lawmakers voted on would raise the income tax rate by 32 percent. The approved measure would increase the personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. Corporations would pay 7 percent instead of 5.25 percent.