U of I officials to speak with state lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD - University of Illinois officials say they plan to lobby lawmakers ahead of a proposed cut in state funds.

According to a news release from the university, several officials, including current U of I President Robert Easter and incoming President Timothy Killeen, are planning to talk to state lawmakers during the annual Day at the Capitol on Thursday.  Officials are expected to voice concerns about state procurement regulations, capital projects, and the proposed cut in the university's state funding.

The 33 percent cut was proposed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in an effort to close a large shortfall in the state's budget.  That would cut the amount of funding that the University of Illinois receives from the state from about $676 million to about $452 million.
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