Sheila Simon met with the education committee on Wednesday to talk about a new report she put together called, "Game Changers." It highlights some of the major problems she spotted last year while touring all the state's public universities.
She found a few common themes: rising costs for tuition, housing and books, limited financial aid and delayed state payments. Her report also laid out a ton of suggestions, like creating a textbook rental program, or offering no interest installment payment plans.
That means students could pay a little throughout the semester, versus a lump sum at the very end. She also pitched the idea of giving graduates with specific degrees a tax break so they'll stay and work in Illinois.
The hearing was meant to get the conversation going. No legislation was introduced.