Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rauner’s proposed budget cuts to affect Eastern - Stephanie Markham, Daily Eastern

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget for FY 2016 would cut Eastern’s general funds by 31.5 percent, which is a decrease of $13.85 million. The state appropriated $43.96 million for Eastern’s general funds in FY 2015, and Rauner proposed $30.12 million for FY 2016. Universities across the state are facing the same potential cuts, including the University of Illinois that would lose $209 million, Western Illinois University that would lose $16.6 million, and Illinois State University that would lose $23.3 million. Eastern and other universities would also see reductions to other state funds, which include scholarship grant awards, by 61.9 percent.

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