Hernandez Fights to Make College More Accessible, Importance of Passing Budget


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, member of the Latino Caucus, is fighting to make higher education more accessible to Illinois residents by sponsoring legislation that would guarantee college admission to high school seniors graduating in the top of their class.

“Our public universities offer great programs, yet Illinois is continuing to lose high school graduates to neighboring states,” said Hernandez. “We need to simplify the process by automatically admitting high-performing seniors, ensuring that our talented students continue their education here in Illinois.”

Hernandez is a chief sponsor of House Bill 230, which would guarantee Illinois residents graduating in the top 10% of their high school class and have met benchmarks set by ACT or SAT test scores, automatic admission to Illinois’ public universities. When states improve their university systems, they not only increase enrollment but also the number of graduates who end up working in the state, which is why Hernandez is pushing to increase the state’s commitment to higher education.

“I will continue working with all of my colleagues to ensure we advance measures that make higher education more accessible to all Illinoisans,” said Hernandez. “Higher education is necessary in order to move up the workforce, so I encourage the Governor to work with us to pass a budget that invests in the future so that our students grow and contribute to our state.”

State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez is a member of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and represents the 24th District, which includes Cicero, Little Village, Berwyn, Brookfield, Riverside, and Stickney.


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