U of I: State Funding Should at Least Stay Flat

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

University of Illinois President Michael Hogan urged lawmakers this week to at least hold funding at current levels and fielded their questions about his tense relationship with some faculty.

Hogan and the school's chief financial officer, Walter Knorr, told lawmakers during an appropriations hearing Monday in Chicago that Gov. Pat Quinn's recommendation that university funding remain flat for the coming fiscal year is appreciated in tough financial times.

"While we greatly appreciate the priority this shows for higher education, I continue to have concerns," Hogan said, according to The (Champaign) News-Gazette.

The university's concerns include the $349 million the state government owes the school. Illinois' government continues to run months behind on payments to schools and others that rely on state funding.

Also on the list of worries, Knorr said, is a $2.7 billion cut in Medicaid spending in the state next year. Almost 40 percent of the patients at the university's hospital in Chicago are on Medicaid.

"It frankly puts us on the edge of our seat because there's not much detail yet on how that's being cut," Knorr said.

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