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college presidents, Elaine P. Maimon, school budgets


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget includes a 31.5 percent across-the-board cut in appropriations to Illinois public universities. For Governors State University, this equates to a $7.8 million decrease in state funding, which GSU President Elaine P. Maimon said would negatively impact students, programs, research, and community service. GSU’s current state appropriation is the lowest of all Illinois public universities despite having the highest enrollment growth in the state.

Maimon said, “These significant changes were made without any increase in funding from Illinois taxpayers. GSU has provided an excellent return on investment for the people of Illinois, offering educational opportunities to students in an underserved area of the state. Governors State prides itself on being a model of fiscal responsibility, while still being committed to our mission of ensuring an exceptional and accessible education for our students.”