The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved a state funding request that is $254 million more than last year but still below the amount they received in 2014-2015.
The Champaign News-Gazette reports that the board approved the $3.47 billion budget request Tuesday. That amount includes money for public universities, community colleges, grants and other programs for 2018-2019. The Illinois Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner will now consider it.
Public universities would get about $1.1 billion. That's up $24.1 million from this year. But Illinois public universities presidents had asked the board for another $100 million to restore funding to levels before the two-year state budget impasse.
Board executive director Al Bowman, a retired Illinois State University president, says the presidents' request is legitimate but the board believes its recommendation should "reflect the state's current financial situation."
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