College and university leaders told a Senate committee Thursday that the higher education system in Illinois is on the verge of collapse.  Public colleges and universities haven't received state funding since last summer.  School officials say they are tightening their belts by cutting programs, delaying repairs, and laying off staff.

With no budget in sight, Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn fears enrollment numbers will drop amidst all the uncertainty.

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Higher education leaders are urging lawmakers to pass a budget, noting that the future of many students depends on getting a solid college education.


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