Three Illinois higher education institutions receive emergency funding
State Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger’s office recently announced that approximately $17 million in emergency funding for Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University have been processed and are “out the door.”
The money will be dispersed to the three institutions with $8.4 million going to Western Illinois, $5.6 million for Eastern Illinois and nearly $3 million for Chicago State.
Another $3 million has been earmarked for the Illinois Community College Board. Those funds have yet to be dispersed, a report in Reboot Illinois said.
The Chicago Tribune reported on the funding, pointing out that, “The goal of that legislation was to give more money to schools most in need. For instance, Chicago State received $12.5 million on top of an earlier $20 million in emergency funding, and Eastern got $26 million. That was in addition to $12.5 million the Charleston-based school received earlier this year. Western got $31.4 million, in addition to $15 million approved earlier this year."
The Tribune noted where the universities now stand in relation to the funding they received a year earlier.
“That effort provided all three universities with 90 percent of funding when compared to the previous year," the Tribune said. "Most other school received supplemental funds that equated to about 82 percent of the funding they received the previous year. But the schools must stretch those dollars over 18 months, and perhaps longer if the state fails to reach another agreement for appropriations for 2017."