Illinois lawmakers heard Thursday from an assortment of higher education leaders asking for funding.
They used terms like “starving,” “dismantling” and “economic suicide” as they tried to persuade state senators to find some way to heal the budget impasse.
One of the last witnesses was Eric Zarnikow, director of the state agency that runs the Monetary Award Program. MAP grants help needy college kids with tuition.
Zarnikow quoted his mother, who he says always warned him not to eat the seed corn.