Saturday, November 26, 2016

How will the loss of longtime higher education legislators affect SIU? - Marnie Leonard, Daily Egyptian

While national attention is focused on the results of the presidential election, changes in the Illinois state legislature may be consequential for the future of higher education in the state. “A lot of people may say ‘Oh, the state government doesn’t affect me’ but it does,” said John Charles, a lobbyist for SIU. “For our students, there’s a direct impact.” After a year-and-a-half long stalemate in the Capitol, a stopgap budget was passed by lawmakers on June 30, the last day of the 2016 fiscal year. This budget is a temporary solution to a problem that still looms over the state the minute the six-month-long funding plan comes to a halt.

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