Villanueva Budget Address Orange

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Celina Villanueva expressed her support Wednesday for the commitment to maintain investments in higher education affordability, workforce development, social services and education included in Governor JB Pritzker’s proposed budget.

“The Fiscal Year 2025 proposed budget continues to keep the needs of families and students at the forefront,” said Villanueva (D-Chicago). “These funds are essential to vulnerable communities who may not be able to otherwise afford to continue their education.”

The proposed budget seeks to increase Monetary Award Program (MAP) funding by $10 million – for a total of over $700 million.

The governor’s proposal also carries forward the $400 million set aside in previous years for efforts that support job creation and business development through the Invest in Illinois closing fund initiative. It would also invest $30 million to the fast-track workforce program to provide employee screening, recruitment and job training development to employers.

“Illinois has done considerable work in prioritizing underrepresented communities throughout the state in the past,” said Villanueva. “I plan to negotiate a fair and equitable budget in the months ahead.”