Sen. Forby helps set up scholarship fund for SIU

forby 042016SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) passed a measure out of the Senate on Wednesday that would allow the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University to sell, lease or transfer surplus real estate, and use the profits gained to set up a scholarship fund.

“SIU is one of Southern Illinois’ greatest assets,” Forby said. “When I have a chance to help the university push forward and help students continue receiving a quality education, I intend to do so. Giving students access to scholarships is a common sense action to take. I am happy to see this measure gain such great support by my colleagues in the Senate.”

The measure, Senate Bill 2790, was introduced by Forby as way to assist the university in letting go of surplus land, thereby putting funding back into the SIU system, 100 percent of which would go into a scholarship fund.

The legislation passed the Senate Wednesday and will now go to the House for consideration.

Senator Gary Forby


59th Senate District

Years served:
2001-2003 (House); 2003 - 2017 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Labor (Chairperson); Insurance; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Committee of the Whole. (99th G.A.)

Biography: Born January 4, 1945, in Anna, Illinois. Full-time state legislator; former farmer and businessman; past chairman, Franklin County Board; former member, Franklin - Williamson Human Services Board; current member, Southern Illinois Workforce Man-Tra-Con Board, Operating Engineers and Laborers' International unions.