Southern Illinois University anticipates $40M in budget cuts

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The president of Southern Illinois University says the school’s three campuses could see a

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“wholesale ending of programs” if it suffers a $40 million cut next year under Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal.

President Randy Dunn said Monday night at a meeting of Southern Illinois University budget leaders in Edwardsville that chunks of operations will “start to disappear if this budget proposal isn’t moderated.”

He said details of any proposed budget cuts will be announced over the coming weeks and months. The Southern Illinoisan reports that Rauner’s budget address Wednesday didn’t include any mention of higher education or the nearly $400 million yet to be appropriated this year in grants to low-income students.

The state’s public colleges and universities have gone about eight months without an appropriation from the state.