Simon to host summits on college affordability

2012-10-10T13:00:00Z Simon to host summits on college affordabilityTHE SOUTHERN The Southern
October 10, 2012 1:00 pm  • 

CARBONDALE — A series of summits hosted by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will call on government and university officials to keep college affordable for Illinois families.

Simon kicks off her first event today at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A similar event is set for Monday at SIU Carbondale. No specific time or place on campus has been announced.

Average costs for getting a degree at a public university have increased 128 percent since 1980, adjusted for inflation. That rate far exceeds the pace average family incomes have increased, Simon said, and it is important universities, as well as state and federal governments, examine what is driving up prices.

“We’ve set a goal to have 60 percent of working-age adults to hold college credentials by 2025,” Simon said. “To reach our completion goal, we must make college more affordable. Higher education costs should be a higher priority for our leaders.”

Simon said she is backing legislation that would standardize college cost reporting procedures, helping students see more clearly what it will cost them to attend each institution.

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  1. The Mighty Pen
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    The Mighty Pen - October 11, 2012 8:37 pm
    I'll take her and the Democratic party's comments about making higher education affordable seriously when they start dismantling our empire of world wide military bases, switching our military to a defensive posture (it was called a DEFENSE budget for a reason!!!) and using the savings to really make college affordable. It all comes down to what we want our national priorites to be: destructive uses of our resources, or constructive uses. Until then, and until other issues are actually and justly addressed, the Green Party has my vote at the local, state, and national levels. And since most Democrats and Republicans, possibly all of them now at the state level on up, accept Super PAC money (corporate money, that is) and assistance, they are never going to justly address our nation's issues, at least not in a way which favors ordinary people.
    And no, I'm not buying the "spoiler" effect. If I wanted to vote for the politician most likely to win, I would be a Democrat or a Republican. Obviously I'm not, so that must mean that I have different beliefs than the two major parties.
  2. Governor Number 40892-424
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    Governor Number 40892-424 - October 11, 2012 8:07 am
    Here we go (yawn) again. Another (yawn) contrived press release (yawn) to keep Ms. Simon (yawn) in the public (yawn) eye.

    World to our Lieutenant Governor: Madam, your tortured efforts of pretending to seem relevant are wasting our tax dollars and are both rote and bo-o-o-o-o-o-ring.
  3. WXMAN
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    WXMAN - October 10, 2012 7:39 pm
    Whatever Deadbeat Simon! Just go away! You have done nothing for this area we like to call Southern Illinois since you were elected to the most useless position this State has....LT. Governor!
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