*** UPDATED x1 *** Pritzker non-committal on emergency funding for WIU
Thursday, Mar 14, 2019
* Gov. Pritzker was in Quincy today and was asked about whether he supports giving Western Illinois University some emergency state funding, above and beyond what’s in the current budget and what he’s asked to be appropriated next fiscal year. As you know, WIU announced 132 layoffs earlier this month…
He’s got his rap down for sure. But, um, what cuts is he talking about? He hasn’t really announced any.
The governor said he’s spoken with Western’s president since the layoffs were announced. He said no decisions were made during the meeting, but that he now has a better understanding of what’s going on there.
He also said he is “very close” to naming new trustees for the university. A majority of the board is vacant.
*** UPDATE *** Yeah, it’s not looking good for WIU…