Friday, October 30, 2015

Blackhawk College president: State budget woes imperil college funding - Margi Washburn, Star Courier

The state’s budget impasse means Black Hawk College could lose 22 percent of its funding. After meeting Thursday with Gov. Bruce Rauner, College President Dr. Bettie Truitt told the college’s Board of Trustees meeting at the East Campus Thursday night not to count on any money from the state due to the budget impasse. The college receives $7.2 million, or 22 percent of its annual revenue, from the state. Dr. Truitt told the board, “There will be changes. There have to be changes.” Dr. Truitt noted that the governor was “cautiously optimistic” a budget would be passed in January, saying by December the city of Chicago would “implode,” being unable to pay its police officers, among other financial problems. Rauner said in January it would take a simple majority rather than a supermajority to pass the budget.

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