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Illinois Budget Fight Leaves Universities in Lurch Again



    Illinois Budget Fight Leaves Universities in Lurch Again
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    CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Illinois governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. Dating back to the 1880s, the Pullman district, on the city's Far South Side, is one of the country's first company towns. The "town" was founded by George Pullman to house workers at his now-defunct Pullman Palace Car Co., which made luxurious rail cars. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Illinois' public universities are being forced once again to plan to operate without state funding after going nearly the entire 2015-2016 school year without receiving any support amid the budget standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Legislature's Democratic leaders.

    The Herald & Review reports a six-month spending plan that has kept schools afloat runs out Dec. 31. There's no indication Rauner and top Democrats are close to reaching a deal on a budget for the rest of the school year.

    The four top legislative leaders and the governor had been meeting behind closed doors during and after the Legislature's fall veto session, but Rauner canceled a Thursday meeting after House Democrats indicated they wouldn't present a budget proposal.

    Democrats say the governor is constitutionally obligated to present a budget plan.

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