Times are troubled at the University of Illinois and the other state institutions of higher learning, and Gov. Bruce Rauner was on campus Friday to say he sympathizes. During an event in Urbana, Rauner said, “We've got some financial difficulties. I apologize for that. We're going to get through this as fast as I can. I am personally committed to making sure the University of Illinois is fully supported (and) that its mission is enhanced.”
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He suggested getting more resources to the university but earlier this year proposed a 31 percent cut in state funding to the universities and also decried what he characterized as a fat-cat culture of administrators. With reporters after the event, the governor blamed lawmakers for not passing a balanced budget, not raising taxes if they so desire, and ignoring his Turnaround Agenda. That is the governor's legislative platform, which includes planks to weaken the influence of public worker unions, change the way the state redraws its political maps, and imposes term limits on lawmakers.