September 25, 2019

At U of I Advocacy Day in DC, Duckworth Highlights Importance of Federal Higher Education Funding


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch in a fireside chat at the University of Illinois System’s D.C. Advocacy Day with administrators, students and alumni from the system’s campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. Duckworth discussed the importance of federal support for higher education institutions, her higher education legislative priorities and how University of Illinois can support American infrastructure and environmental justice. Photos from today’s event are available here.

“Those of us who weren’t always sure we’d be able to go to college understand the power of a diploma,” Duckworth said. “We cannot stay on the sidelines as higher education keeps slipping further and further out of reach for so many people. Every American deserves the opportunity to enroll in college and complete a degree. I’ll keep working to ensure federal support for higher education, especially for our Illinois schools like the University of Illinois System.”

Duckworth is an advocate for making higher education more affordable and accessible for working families. She highlighted the America’s Call To Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act, which builds upon her 21st Century American Service Act, legislation to help young Americans strengthen their communities and our nation through service while reducing their student debt burden by expanding service opportunities across the country.