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Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 12:15 am

Editor’s note 9/8/16

 One person who wasn’t surprised by the sudden closure of ITT Technical Institute in Springfield and three other cities in Illinois was U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Springfield, who has been warning the nation for years about the financial shenanigans of for-profit schools. Only 10 percent of college students attend for-profit schools, but they take in more than 20 percent of all federal financial aid dollars and account for 46 percent of all federal student loan defaults. Now Durbin’s concern has shifted to the students caught in the bind, urging community colleges to find ways to take in the schoolless students. “If not, we know who will,” Durbin says. “Other for-profit colleges are anxious to get access to these students. It would only be adding insult to injury to allow these students to be pushed into the open arms of another for-profit college.” –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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