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Editorial: Stop-gap MAP Grant legislation not enough

By The Daily Illini Editorial Board

May 12, 2016

Bravo, Illinois state legislature! You did 45 percent of your job. After a long year of diligent work by lawmakers in Springfield, $600 million of state funding was approved by the legislature on Friday to aid nine state universities — a majority of the funding will primarily be used to provide MAP gr...

Senate executive committee talks options for budget impasse

By Megan Jones

March 29, 2016

The Senate Executive Committee set the agenda for next week’s academic senate, centering around effects of the budget impasse and new proposals.There are no updates on the state’s budget impasse, Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said, and administrators recently spoke to the senate appropri...

Rauner vetoes MAP grants legislation

By Samantha Jones Toal

February 20, 2016

Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation that would have appropriated $721 million for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) on Friday.In a press release, Rauner said the bill would, “would explode the State’s budget deficit, exacerbate the State’s cash flow crisis, and place further strain on social...

UI suspends discovery courses due to state budget impasse

February 19, 2016

The University has temporarily suspended funding for fall 2016 Firsty-Year Discovery Program courses. The program, which was started in 1994, was intended to help students "enhance their education through greater interaction with faculty in small classes," the Provost's website states.The site adds that the ...

Illinois still undecided on college exam

Illinois still undecided on college exam

By Ali Braboy

January 24, 2016

A state contract with the College Board — who supplies the SAT — or the ACT won’t affect University applicants or the admissions process.EJRobin Kaler, campus spokeswoman, said the University accepts both the ACT and SAT for students interested in applying to the University.Kaler ...

Budget impasse has not affected UI student enrollment

Budget impasse has not affected UI student enrollment

By Abigale Svoboda

January 21, 2016

Student Body President Mitch Dickey, senior in LAS, isn’t sure how he would pay for his last year of college if he doesn’t receive his MAP Grant.Despite Dickey’s involvement with the University he’s no less affected by the state budget impasse than the other 5,666 University students who receive a MAP...

Illinois Fire Service Institute to receive $3.8 million for budget

By Aaron Navarro

January 5, 2016

As services and programs across Illinois remain in fiscal uncertainty due to the ongoing state budget standoff, one University organization will be able to once again offer the breadth of its full services.The Illinois Fire Service Institute, IFSI, is receiving just over $3.8 million in funding...

University copes with state budget impasse

By Christin Watkins

December 10, 2015

By Christin WatkinsStaff WriterUniversity President Timothy Killeen asked the University community to “pretend we are looking into a future with a state higher education budget,” at a town hall meeting on Monday Nov. 16.The continued lack of funding from the state for higher education has become a r...

UI to cover MAP grants institutionally, for now

By MaryCate Most

December 9, 2015

By MaryCate MostAssistant news editorMAP grant-eligible students received an alarming message on Nov. 10, when it was announced that the lack of a state budget may affect their scholarship funding.Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced in an email that if the state did not allocate funding for the Monetary ...

UI maintains Moody's credit rating despite budget

UI maintains Moody's credit rating despite budget

By Stephen Nye

November 4, 2015

Six Illinois public universities credit ratings were recently lowered by Moody’s Investor Service, although the University and Illinois State University managed to avoid credit rating downgrades.Moody’s Investor Service rates organizations such as countries, states and universities on a scale from Aaa ...

Future of Illinois arts funding remains murky

Future of Illinois arts funding remains murky

By Vivienne Henning

October 14, 2015

The arts have an impact on society that may at times go unnoticed. But now, due to budget cuts, funding for the arts has hit a low in the state of Illinois.Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts have reached multiple government entities and the public arts are the newest program facing cuts. Museu...

Killeen, peers urge Rauner to end budget impasse

Killeen, peers urge Rauner to end budget impasse

By Daily Illini Staff Report

October 1, 2015

October marks the fourth month without a state budget. University President Timothy Killeen acknowledged the lack of a budget in a massmail Wednesday and informed the community about a letter he and nine other university presidents wrote to Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois politicians.In the massmail Kill...

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