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Two state senators say Illinois needs another Big Ten Conference school.
A bill has been introduced by Lisle Republican Michael Connelly and Palatine Republican Matt Murphy.
The two say their measure would study what’s needed for a public university in the state to join the conference that already includes Northwestern and the University of Illinois.
“The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has become highly competitive to the point where we are seeing students with excellent grades and test scores get shut out of attending our in-state, public Big Ten school,” Murphy said in a statement.
The commission would comprise a variety of individuals, including Illinois students paying out-of-state tuition to an existing Big Ten school, students who have left the state for another conference university and higher education professionals.
The bill passed the Senate Higher Education Committee March 19. A commission’s report would be presented to the General Assembly by the first of next year.
“We should make it easier for these students to stay in Illinois, not look for greener pastures across state lines,” Murphy said.
Connelly added: “It is my hope this commission can find a way to deliver a higher education system that gives our young people the opportunities they seek at a price they and their parents can afford.”
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