It’s not clear how Rauner’s executive order freezing state spending will affect operations at state universities. The three-page order covers all executive branch agencies, including the boards of state universities.
But U of I spokesman Tom Hardy says they’ll be taking a close look at the directive.
“We like to think that most everything we do has an essential quality to it. But we’re going to work with the governor’s office and our budget people here to get some clarity around the identification of essential versus non-essential spending.”
The Illinois Community College Board backs President Obama's proposal to provide the first two years of community college free to certain students.
President Obama wants to make two years of community college free for many students nationwide. It's an effort to increase access to higher education, as college continues to get more expensive and student loan debt continues to grow.
Kishwaukee College faculty and administration will meet tonight for a negotiation session.
The faculty, which has been without a contract since August, filed an intent-to-strike form with the state last week. A faculty member told WNIJ the teachers will meet Tuesday to discuss bargaining status.
The college board also is scheduled to meet Tuesday.
The University of Illinois plans to hold basic tuition steady for in-state students enrolling in the fall. Students at the Chicago campus will see an increase for certain majors. That bump is called a “differential.”
University spokesman Tom Hardy says U of I, like many other colleges, uses differentials on all three campuses to raise money for engineering, business administration, nursing and other subjects for more than a decade.