- Published: Thursday, March 10, 2016 02:35 PM
SPRINGFIELD - Randy Dunn, president of the Southern Illinois University system, presented a grim outlook for the university Thursday in the Senate Appropriations Committee in Springfield. State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) released the following statement:
“Southern Illinois University is one of the top employers in my district, as well as one of Illinois’ finest institutions of higher education. What we heard today was a real reminder of just what is happening in the face of the governor eliminating all state support for state schools.
“The thing is, we don’t have a number to work with because we don’t have a budget. SIU can’t prepare for the future and operate as it needs to because they don’t know where they will stand in the coming months. This situation could have been avoided when we passed a higher education bill last May. The governor blocked us from making progress. First he ran out the businesses, now he is running out the students. How many times do we need build something up just for it to be torn down for us to rebuild it again?
“What we need is a school funding plan, and we need it now.”