Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WI and IL facing similar budget cuts - Reggie Parson, Advance Titan

It is not just Wisconsin reducing funding to higher education in the the Midwest. The neighboring state of Illinois and its newly elected Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is proposing to the Illinois General Assembly a reduction of nearly $400 million in spending to universities in the state’s 2016 budget. But these proposed cuts must first pass through the Democratic majority General Assembly. According to the Northwest Herald, in preparation for the potentially massive cuts, universities such as Northern Illinois University are looking for alternative sources to funding, such as federal grants. They will face a potential $29 million reduction in state appropriations and are considering reducing their staff and restructuring programs.

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