A “Fund EIU” rally was held Friday at Eastern Illinois University. The rally was held in support of EIU, which has been forced to make layoffs and furloughs in response to the lack of state budget.
State Senator Dale Righter, who represents the local 55th District, was among those scheduled to speak. However, Right learned a few hours before the event that he would not be allowed to speak. Senator Righter still attended the event in support of the University. Regarding the decision to not allow him to speak, Righter had the following to say:
“I am deeply disappointed in the decision made by the organizer of this rally to not allow me to address the rally. I am Eastern Illinois University’s representative in the Illinois Senate and a proud alum, as well. I am also the sponsor of legislation that would fund universities, community colleges, and MAP grants for students. Despite the organizers’ decision, I will nevertheless attend the rally, and continue to work for and support any meaningful efforts to fund all of higher education.”