Thursday, May 28, 2015

Editorial: Massive cuts to higher education a loser for Illinois - Sun-Times Editorial Board

Back in 2009, the president of Southern Illinois University told us: “All of the state’s universities are in crisis mode right now.” That was before statewide higher education budget cuts totaling $500 million in the last five years. And before Gov. Bruce Rauner said he wants to chop another $387 million, or 31.5 percent, from next year’s budget. For the University of Illinois’ three campuses, that would come to a $209 million cut.That’s the challenge U. of I. President Timothy Killeen now faces, having taken over leadership of the state’s flagship university on Monday.

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