Illinois Budget Gives Temporary Fix For Public Universities

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A new Illinois budget will give public universities funding for the 2017-18 school year -- the first time in two years that the state's 12 public universities will receive funding.

Credit Carl Nelson / WNIJ

In 2015, universities received more than $1.2 billion from the state's spending plan. But the budget impasse prompted campus shutdowns, layoffs and program cuts.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education says the new budget will provide universities about $1.1 billion for the 2017-18 academic year, or 10 percent less than in 2015.

University leaders caution that, while it's a relief to have one year's funding, the budget doesn't fully resolve the schools' financial issues.

Universities went almost an entire year without funding from the state for the 2015-16 year.