Friday, January 29, 2016

IL Budget Impasse draws rise from Universities, higher college tuition - Loreto Cruz, KFVS

Students at Southeastern Illinois College will face a hike in tuition this year, which college leaders blame on the ongoing budget stalemate in Illinois. Roughly 40 percent of Southeastern Illinois College's Budget is composed of state money that it has not been receiving for the duration of the stalemate, according to college president Jonah Rice. "Imagine, if your boss said to you that much of your take-home paycheck wasn't going to make it to you," Rice said. "This is really putting a strain on us, and we need to do something to stay in the black." Southern Illinois University and eight other state-funded universities sent a letter to Springfield this week explaining that the impasse is doing irreparable damage to higher education in Illinois.

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