Budget crisis hurts universities in state

Staff Editorial

The fact that Illinois has been operating without a budget for more than 100 days is astonishing.

The state has done a decent job at keeping up its facade that everything is under control and there is nothing to worry about; however, this should not allow state residents to lull themselves into a false sense of security.

While Illinois was supposed to get their budget in the summer and has seen no action since and we are in the beginning stages of fall, things are slowly crumbling.

This is unacceptable, because “legislatures” in the Capital cannot agree on the budget and are acting like a 2-year-old and they are not raising a single action.

This is causing certain areas to either stop production or question if they will be able to operate in the coming months.

For example, Jesse White, the secretary of state, said residents would no longer receive license renewal reminders in the mail because the postage could save $450,000 a month in postage.

This announcement is purely because the state does not have a budget and it is spending “invisible” money for services staying open, which is rapidly depleting.

If residents within the state do not thing that is bad, the Chicago Sun-Times recently reported residents attempting to call 911 for emergencies in their local communities may not be able to do so because of the impasse.

Those services are paid from the county-level for landline phones and at the state-level for cell phones.

With most people using their phones for everything and as a not many on landlines, this could prove to be deadly.

It goes without saying Illinois is the most corrupt state in the union and the budget impasse is not helping its case, it’s no wonder the state is leading the ranks of the most fled state in America.

Who would want to stay in a state that does not have a budget with every other governor spending time behind bars.

In other news, President David Glassman and all the other public university presidents within the state came together writing a letter urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to get his act straight and agree on some funding.

While they may be chummy in their expensive homes in the State Capital, many students, faculty and staff in public universities are worried how their institutions will fare pending budget—especially Eastern.

Glassman came forward recently assuring the school will remain open for the spring semester following circulating rumors and questions of its future.

In his letter he says the university is making contingency plans and arrangements should the state continue its temper tantrum into January

It is nice Glassman said those things, but how does he know and what type of contingencies is he planning? The real question is when these plans are put into motion, who suffers and who wins?


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