Illinois is mired in a fiscal crisis, and its residents are fleeing, but taxpayers are now paying the tuition costs of illegal aliens and transgender students.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill last year that requires Illinois taxpayers to subsidize the college educations of illegal aliens and transgender students, potentially adding millions to the budget debacle.
The Chicago Sun Times says the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity Act, which went into effect Jan. 1, offers state financial aid to illegal aliens -- "undocumented students" -- and transgenders.
The state House vote was 66-47 and the state Senate voted 35-15.
Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute says the new law adds nine million dollars to taxpayers in the Land of Lincoln.
“Or they would have to take money away from existing recipients who are eligible,” she warns. “They fit this criteria already and it would be taken away from them.”
Illinois, meanwhile, lost approximately 51,000 residents last year after five straight years of a population losses, The Chicago Tribune reported in December.
Higgins says the outrageous law --- which rewards illegal aliens with free college -- is just one example why people are fleeing.
“There are parents who are struggling to pay for their children's education,” she says, “and now they have to pay [for] the educations of those who have broken our laws."