Gov. Bruce Rauner's office received legislation Tuesday that would provide $721.5 million in state funding to community colleges and the Monetary Award Program (MAP).
Rauner's budget office, however, has recommended that the governor veto the Democrat-backed legislation because it lacks state revenue and cuts to offset its cost.
The bill cleared the legislature late last month.
"We've held this bill for two weeks because we want the governor to understand this is a government of the people by the people and for that people, and that we've given him a chance to listen to the many voices who have determined that this is a necessity for us to move forward in the society that we live in," said Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), who helped deliver the legislation to Rauner's office Tuesday.
Funding for MAP -- the state's need-based grant program that helps low-income Illinois students pay for tuition -- and higher education appropriations have been frozen during the ongoing budget stalemate.
Republicans have proposed their own higher education spending plan totaling $1.6 billion. The bill would cover spending for four-year universities, in addition to community colleges and MAP. Democrats oppose the measure because it would also give the governor greater authority over the budget during a fiscal crisis.