U of I officials planning for proposed funding cuts

URBANA - With a potential 31.5 percent cut in state funding for universities looming on the horizon, University of Illinois officials are pushing to finalize a campus spending plan by next month.

Governor Bruce Rauner proposed the funding cut, which would cost the Urbana-Champaign campus between $86 million and $114 million, during his State of the State address earlier this year.  In response, university officials are reviewing options for a spending plan under the proposed cuts.

Officials say faculty leaders were instructed by Provost Ilesanmi Adesida to consider everything from campus expenses to new sources of revenue.  University administrators say they hope to complete the proposal before next month, so that it may be considered by the university's Board of Trustees during their May 7 meeting.
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