Illinois Budget Fight Leaves Universities In The Lurch Again

Dec 12, 2016

Public universities in Illinois once again are being forced to plan to operate without state funding after going nearly the entire 2015-2016 school year without receiving any support amid the budget standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature's Democratic leaders.

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The Herald & Review reports that a six-month spending plan which has kept schools afloat runs out Dec. 31. There's no indication Rauner and top Democrats are close to reaching a deal on a budget for the rest of the school year.

The four top legislative leaders and the governor had been meeting behind closed doors during and after the legislature's fall veto session, but Rauner canceled a Thursday meeting after House Democrats indicated they wouldn't present a budget proposal.

Democrats say the governor is constitutionally obligated to present a budget plan.