Illinois Lawmaker Proposes Free Tuition for Illinois Public Universities

Jan 26, 2017

A state representative from Chicago is trying to bring the spirit of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign to Illinois. His idea? Free tuition at Illinois' public universities.

Democrat Will Guzzardi knows Illinois will not be providing free college tuition anytime soon.

"But, I want that to be the guidestar, I want that to be the objective that we work toward. And this year, I want us to pass something that's going to make college a little more affordable and reduce the burden of debt on working families."

Guzzardi says his party is losing the battle of ideas to Governor Bruce Rauner.
"Until we start putting out our own ideas there's not going to be real compromise or negotiation. The only question is how much will Democrats capitulate to Rauner's agenda."

Guzzardi wants the General Assembly to at least pass SOMETHING that would help people with student loans. What form would that take? He says it's still a work in progress.