Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Look at How Illinois' Budget Fight Has Affected Residents - Sara Burnett and Sophia Tareen, WMAQ

Universities and colleges say the impasse has led to cutbacks and threatened enrollment. State-backed grants to help low-income students pay for college, called the Monetary Award Program, are in limbo. A short-term budget covered a fraction of grants until January. Some colleges have been fronting the money, but others can't guarantee it. Students say the uncertainty is impacting their enrollment. Elsewhere, there are reductions. Eastern Illinois University officials say they're ready to cut up five academic majors at the 7,500-student campus in Charleston. Southern Illinois University plans to cut men's and women's tennis programs and reduce scholarships for swimming and diving teams. A community college in western Illinois, Black Hawk College, has eliminated 17 full-time positions. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/how-illinois-budget-fight-has-affected-residents-414160743.html

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