Higher Education Funding SPRINGFIELD - Randy Dunn, president of the Southern Illinois University system, discussed a grim outlook for the university today in the Senate Appropriation Committee. State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) released the following statement:

We cannot continue down this path. SIU has been a priority of mine for years, and it has proven to be an irreplaceable benefit to the Metro East and Illinois as a flagship university.

SIU in Edwardsville attracts students from Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and other states throughout the Midwest. To destroy this great university would be ridiculous and disgraceful. I will fight these cuts with every means available. Any ‘pro-growth’ agenda must maintain a commitment to the Illinois system of higher education, which has been one of the finest systems in the United States.

These huge cuts are economically harmful to the Metro East and the state of Illinois as well as harm the future of our young citizens who attend them.



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