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by Ellyn Fortino
5:58pm
Wed Apr 22

Rauner Budget Would Be 'Catastrophic' For Illinois Higher Ed System, Report Finds

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal seeking to slash higher education spending by $387 million next fiscal year "would have direct and devastating effects on individual campuses" and students, according to a new report.

The report by Young Invincibles, a Millennial research and advocacy group, notes that Illinois has already cut higher education funding spent directly on students by $500 million over the past five years.

If approved, Rauner's plan to further reduce higher education spending by 31 percent in the 2016 fiscal year, beginning July 1, "would be catastrophic" for the state's higher education system and Illinois students who have "already been pushed past the breaking point by disinvestment in higher education," the report reads.

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by Matthew Blake
5:55pm
Thu Nov 1, 2012

Personal Bios, Coal Define 12th Congressional District Race

With five days left until the election, Illinois’ close 12th congressional district race has fallen into political mudslinging, with Republican Jason Plummer raising a fuss over the public pension of Democratic opponent Bill Enyart’s wife. Recent rhetoric aside, the race has focused on a Southwest Illinois economy long reliant on downstate’s coal basin.

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