In a letter to the alumni association, President of the University of Illinois, Robert Easter is asking everyone to take action against the governor’s proposed reductions.
“Bob Easter has reached out through the university alumni association advocacy group, Illinois Connection, and urged its 17,000 members to write, email, call, whatever it takes to contact their local legislatures and urged them to support a budget,” says Hardy.
Governor Pat Quinn wants to reduce the U of I’s appropriation by 5 percent or about $32 million.
Hardy says the results of these reductions have already forced the university to raise tuition for all three campuses, and could lead them to cut faculty and increase class sizes.
The proposed reductions will take effect July 1 if the General Assembly cannot reach the end of the session deadline. Easter would not be made available for comment.