102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/21/2022, by Sen. Scott M. Bennett
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
110 ILCS 305/125 new
110 ILCS 520/105 new
110 ILCS 660/5-215 new
110 ILCS 665/5-215 new
110 ILCS 670/15-215 new
110 ILCS 675/20-220 new
110 ILCS 680/25-215 new
110 ILCS 685/30-225 new
110 ILCS 690/35-220 new
110 ILCS 805/3-29.21 new
Amends the University of Illinois Act, the Southern Illinois
University Management Act, the Chicago State University Law, the Eastern
Illinois University Law, the Governors State University Law, the Illinois
State University Law, the Northeastern Illinois University Law, the
Northern Illinois University Law, the Western Illinois University Law, and
the Public Community College Act. Requires a university or community
college to provide all necessary coursework materials for rental, free of
charge to any student under this Section who meets all of the following
qualifications: (a) the student is a resident of the State; (b) the student
graduated from an approved high school in the State; (c) the student is
enrolled for the upcoming semester or term at the university or community
college; and (d) as applicable to a university, the student has not
previously earned or received a bachelor's degree or attended 135 credit
hours or equivalent of coursework or as applicable to a community college,
the student has not previously earned or received an associate's degree or
attended 60 credit hours or equivalent of coursework. Defines terms.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The University of Illinois Act is amended by
adding Section 125 as follows:
(110 ILCS 305/125 new)
Free course materials.
(a) For purposes of this Section, "coursework materials"
means all digital or non-digital books, workbooks, and
textbooks; required course software; computer disks; website
access; and electronically distributed materials utilized for,
or in conjunction with, a course in postsecondary education at
(b) In order to make higher education more accessible and
attainable for everyone in the State, beginning on July 1,
2023, the University shall provide all necessary coursework
materials for rental, free of charge to any student under this
Section who meets all of the following qualifications:
(1) The student is a resident of the State.
(2) The student graduated from an approved high school
in the State.
(3) The student is enrolled for the upcoming semester
or term at the University.