Daniel Biss

Rauner yanked the plug on student loan bill of rights. Lawmakers need to bring it back.

Rauner yanked the plug on student loan bill of rights. Lawmakers need to bring it back.

An effort to protect Illinois borrowers from abusive and predatory student loan practices is at death's door, and it needs to be jolted back to life.

However, resuscitation requires state lawmakers, when they reconvene this fall, to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent veto of legislation calling for an Illinois Student Loan Bill of Rights.

Overturning the governor's veto is a long shot — but worth taking. This bill will provide a helping hand to student borrowers and their families coping with an often confusing and complex college loan system.

It's also a significant step toward addressing a growing student loan crisis, one that's dealing with rising defaults...

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