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U of I Students Ask Lawmakers For Education Funding

Wednesday, more than 200 students from the University of Illinois system's three universities will meet with legislators during U of I Day at the state capitol. (WICS)

Wednesday, more than 200 students from the University of Illinois system's three universities will meet with legislators during U of I Day at the state capitol.

Students will have the chance to meet with their elected representatives to encourage funding support for the U of I schools and pose for a picture.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says this is a great opportunity to put a face on their key role in moving Illinois forward.

"We're talking to our legislators and we're basically asking them to please come together, put aside the games, put aside the proxy war about education and come together and make decisions that their constituents would benefit from," said Marvin Slaughter with the Student Advocacy Coalition.

Each student came with their own individual story of how the budget impasse has effected them, for instance Marvin Slaughter.

One of the professors he was planning to research under left the state due to instability. Slaughter says he was at the statehouse Wednesday to make sure those good professors, research opportunities, internships, and more don't leave Illinois.

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