Many of you may have seen the update email (dated 1/5/17) from the University leadership explaining the current status and impact of the House and Senate tax bills on students’ access to higher education. As mentioned in that email, “The University of Illinois System’s Office of Governmental Relations (OGR) has been spearheading the University’s engagement on tax reform over recent weeks. The OGR team has created a fact sheet that describes how the House legislation would make higher education less affordable and undermine U of I’s mission. The OGR team has directly engaged with the Illinois Congressional Delegation and worked with Illinois Connection on a call to action that has resulted in hundreds of letters and emails to Congress. This activity will continue through the final negotiations. We are also examining how we would move forward if some problematic provisions end up in the final bill.”
We encourage students to read the information provided by OGR and to contact your federal legislators to make your views known. The following link provides an easy to use system to contact your legislators.