* Gov. Bruce Rauner recently said this about his fight for his Turnaround Agenda and the resulting impasse…
“We’ll take short-term pain for big long-term gain.”
* But as several commenters have been saying recently, the impasse is creating long-term, perhaps irreversible pain. Service providers, for example, are in real danger of going under, never to return. And then there is higher education…
As Illinois makes its way through the sixth month of the fiscal year without a budget, state universities continue to look for ways to keep the bills paid. […]
Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn wasn’t available for comment on Tuesday, but he’s been quoted as saying the lack of state funding is creating a problem of crisis proportions.
“It will take us years to dig out … if the state doesn’t fulfill its commitment,” Dunn told KFVS-TV.
“We’re going to have to figure out a means to pay back about $200 million in operations and about $46 million or so in student aid and grants and contracts we typically have from the state,” Dunn said.