Monday, November 2, 2015

With state funding still uncertain, university plans $24M in cuts - Christy Levy, University of Illinois Chicago

As the state approaches its fifth month without a budget, the University of Illinois is preparing to make $24 million in cuts to central administration. The impasse between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly has left the state without a budget since July 1, a scenario that’s unprecedented, said UIC economist David Merriman. “It’s kind of astounding,” said Merriman, professor of public administration and economics. “It’s really surprising that government can continue without a budget. It doesn’t really seem possible for it to happen, but it has happened.” University President Timothy Killeen on Monday announced nearly $24 million in cuts for central administration programs such as data processing and building maintenance. The cuts were recommended by a committee he appointed to find ways to cut costs while

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