The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
Brian Mackey/IPR
October 05, 2015

Amid Budget Impasse, Universities Hurting But See Some Good In Rauner Plan

Illinois public colleges and universities have become collateral damage in the state’s months-long budget impasse, fueled by political stalemate between Illinois’ Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratically controlled General Assembly. Rauner says he’s willing to consider more state revenue to pay for support to items like public colleges and universities…but only if the Democratically controlled General Assembly passes his pro-business, union-weakening “Turnaround Agenda “ first.

A water tower on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media
October 05, 2015

Higher Education Officials: Lack Of State Budget Is Crippling Operations

Leaders of several state universities and community colleges are sounding the alarm as they begin month three of receiving no money from Illinois. State support for Illinois’ 12 public universities and its 49 community colleges is the largest part of the state government that isn’t being funded during Springfield’s budget impasse.

Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with media after celebrating the opening of a new Veterans Center on the U of I campus Oct. 2. Rauner appeared at U of I the day after college presidents sent the governor a letter asking for state support of universities.
Hannah Meisel/Illinois Public Media
October 05, 2015

Rauner Blames Democrats For Three Months Of No Funding For Colleges

Though Illinois has gone over three months without a budget, to the average citizen, state government seems anything but shut down. Court orders and existing law have made it possible for the largest chunks of the state's financial obligations to be paid...except for the state's 12 public colleges and universities.

The reflection of a sculpture highlights the closing notice on the front door of the Illinois State Museum, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/AP
October 02, 2015

Rauner: Budget Standoff ‘Could Go On For A While’

As Illinois enters a second quarter without a budget in place, Governor Bruce Rauner put the blame on legislators.  He made the remarks Friday following a manufacturing event in Effingham.

A man in a studio with a bunch of vinyl records.
Photo by Mike Thomas
October 02, 2015

Vintage Vinyl Sale Saturday

All proceeds from the Vintage Vinyl sale benefit WILL's Illinois Radio Reader program.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talked with Illinois Radio Reader Coordinator Kathie Spegal about the sale and how it will help the Illinois Radio Reader program.

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