Sunday, November 29, 2015

John Wood Community College concerned over unapproved Illinois budget - Whitney Williams, WGEM

John Wood Community College President Mike Elbe says it's unusual to be this far into the fiscal year and still not have a budget. Elbe says they are looking at two scenarios on what could happen if the budget battle lasts into next year. Elbe says MAP grant funds are still up in the air also. "We floated those funds for our students in the fall, although we have not received any funding," Elbe said. "We have informed our 333 students that receive MAP funding that we will not be able to honor those funds unless a state budget is approved." Elbe says the school is under a hiring freeze and they're only making critical purchases. He also says if the school doesn't receive any state funding, it would lose around $2.5 million in funding.

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