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State budget impasse 'starving' Illinois higher education

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

Jan 26, 2016

Illinois higher education funding has been $0 since July 1

As Illinois heads into its eighth month without a budget, several public universities are bracing for layoffs, furloughs and spending freezes to stay open.

In a letter to the campus, Eastern Illinois University President David Glassman announced Monday a series of immediate cost-cutting measures he said are needed to get the school through the spring semester, including halting all non-instructional capital equipment purchases, supply purchases and capital projects, as well as delaying maintenance and repairs that aren’t related to safety and security.

“Incredibly, the state’s legislature and governor have yet to approve a state…

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