SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Paul Faraci voted for the Fiscal Year 2025 budget on Sunday.

“I voted for a budget that is fiscally sound and invests in Champaign and Vermilion counties,” said Faraci (D-Champaign). “Our investments will make college more affordable for both community college and university students from all backgrounds and keep more students in Illinois after graduation.”

The Fiscal Year 2025 budget allocates enough funding to allow nearly all community college students and nearly half of students at public universities at or below median income levels to have their tuition and fees covered through need-based financial aid.

“As a 45-year resident of Champaign, I see the positive impact the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Parkland College and nearby Danville Area Community College have on our community and local economy. Now, the benefits of having these great colleges close-by can be enjoyed by every local student who wants to attend, regardless of their financial background.”