Frustration over a lack of state funding is part of life on Illinois’ state university campuses. Jack Thomas, president of Western Illinois University asked the Senate for $67.4 million, an increase from what was appropriated for 2012-13.

“The cash flow situation in Illinois continues to have a great impact on our financial outlook. The state of Illinois currently owes us $38.8 million for our appropriation and $5.6 million for MAP awards,” Thomas said.


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John Peters, the president of Northern Illinois University, spoke before the Illinois House and asked that the 2013-14 school year budget be the same as what was requested for the 2012-2013 school year. Peters said the state’s inability to invest more in the school has had a negative effect on diverse staffing.

 “States are beginning to invest in higher education, and these people are very marketable. We’ve lost a lot of good people to other universities this year, and I expect that to continue,” Peters said.

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