Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Free up cash for Illinois social services, public universities - Chicago Sun Times

As for public higher education, Northeastern Illinois University has had to cut three days of instruction. That’s on top of unpaid furlough days staff members were already forced to take as the school shut down for spring break. Eastern Illinois University is getting ready to eliminate academic programs. Western Illinois University has laid off more than 100 instructors. Some high school counselors are advising Illinois students to attend college in other states. Under the House bill, $559 million would be freed up for higher education and $258 million would go to human services. The state already has the money, but hasn’t been able to release it because, without a state budget in place, there is no official appropriation.

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