Douglas Baker

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University of Illinois trustees are scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution urging state lawmakers to agree on a budget. The impasse has been weighing on the minds of many public university leaders.

Illinois has been without a budget since July, putting pressure on the state's universities to dip into cash reserves. It also worries students who rely on MAP grants.

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker says he has made several trips to Springfield, and joins other university leaders in keeping a close eye on lawmakers and the governor.

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Enthusiasm ran high on the campus of Northern Illinois University yesterday as the public met the school’s next president for the first time. The Board of Trustees hired 57-year-old Doug Baker from the University of Idaho to lead the school beginning July First.