News

Retiring SIU Chief Fears for Higher Ed Funding

Retiring SIU Chief Fears for Higher Ed Funding

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Former Congressman and Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says cuts in state funding are reducing public university operations “to very threatening levels.”

Poshard is a Democrat from Murphysboro who’s been active in Illinois public affairs for more than 30 years, including a failed bid for governor. He retired from the SIU system last month.

In an interview, the 68-year-old shared his thoughts about higher education and Illinois’ troubled finances.

Poshard says public higher education faces a 12.5 percent decrease in state funding if lawmakers don’t approve a Democrat-backed proposal to make the state’s temporary income tax increase permanent.

He says a cut of that size would be impossible to take without “severely damaging the number of faculty and quality of programs we have.”

Recent Headlines

in Local

Medical Marijuana Applications Posted for Business

marijuana

Applications for medical marijuana begins September 2 for patients, September 8 for dispensaries.

in Local

Illinois Museum to Display 1916 Military Equipment

ihpa logo

Military equipment from 1916 to be on display starting September 6.

in Local

Reaction to IDNR’s Long-Awaited Fracking Rules Proposal

frack

One expert laments the length of time it took DNR to write the rules, which he says are too restrictive. Meanwhile, another expert says she'll have to see what the rules are before she calls them restrictive.

in Local

Vallas Says Rauner’s Budget Plan Will Take $$ From Education

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Quinn campaign says Rauner plan will cost education $4 billion.