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  • manar siu 013019SPRINGFIELD – Southern Illinois University could establish a presence in downtown Springfield under a plan introduced in the legislature today by State Senator Andy Manar.

    Manar’s plan (Senate Bill 179) would set aside $50 million in state capital funds for a grant to SIU for costs associated with the construction of a campus and public policy center. The site would have to be within 1 mile of the SIU School of Medicine at 801 N. Rutledge St.

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  • Senator Pat McGuireSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, issued the following statement after Illinois universities testified at committee hearing today. Many said that a looming $4.6 billion budget deficit in the governor’s budget proposal threatens programs and staff.
     
    “I’m disappointed that thus far, Governor Rauner’s administration has presented a plan whose only detail seems to be that it will fall $4.6 billion short of its spending priorities,” McGuire said. “The governor’s unbalanced budget and systemic problems without remedies could be a death knell for universities in Illinois.”
     
    Representatives from Southern Illinois University testified that more cuts could bring an end to majors, minors or even whole departments and could imperil regional health services. Western Illinois University reported it is using available unrestricted funds and has cut jobs, pay and programs.
     
    On the possibility of further belt tightening, a representative of Governors State University said, “Our belt was gone in FY16,” and pointed out the university has already cut 22 programs and 62 positions, as well as imposed a 15 percent tuition increase.

  • haine 022817SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a measure Tuesday that would fund Alton-area social service agencies and Southern Illinois University for 2017.

    State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) voted yes on the legislation, which would allow places like Senior Services Plus and Impact CIL in Alton to remain up and running.

    Over the last two years as the State of Illinois has grappled with a prolonged budget stalemate, Senior Services Plus reduced its meals on wheels program to just one delivery of frozen food per week rather than daily fresh food deliveries. Impact CIL, an organization serving the disabled, announced during the summer it would reduce its staff by 20 percent.

    “We passed this measure with bipartisan support because we know something needed to be done to protect people who are suffering,” Haine said. “Time is running out, and these organizations need help. It is absolutely necessary that this measure receives support from my colleagues in the House and from the governor.”

    Tuesday’s measure also includes an appropriation for the Southern Illinois University system and for Monetary Award Program grants.

    “SIU in Edwardsville is one of Illinois’ finest institutions of higher learning. The university provides an excellent education to students who come not only from this area, but from throughout the Midwest,” Haine said. “There is no reason a state school should be lacking state funding.”

  • fermentationt kettlesThe burgeoning fermentation sciences program at Southern Illinois University got a boost earlier this week, thanks to State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet).

    A provision in Senate Bill 2824, which passed the Senate earlier this week, gives students in the program aged 18-20 the ability to taste — but not drink — samples of their work during class, a concept called “sip and spit.”

  • forby 042016SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) passed a measure out of the Senate on Wednesday that would allow the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University to sell, lease or transfer surplus real estate, and use the profits gained to set up a scholarship fund.

    “SIU is one of Southern Illinois’ greatest assets,” Forby said. “When I have a chance to help the university push forward and help students continue receiving a quality education, I intend to do so. Giving students access to scholarships is a common sense action to take. I am happy to see this measure gain such great support by my colleagues in the Senate.”

    The measure, Senate Bill 2790, was introduced by Forby as way to assist the university in letting go of surplus land, thereby putting funding back into the SIU system, 100 percent of which would go into a scholarship fund.

    The legislation passed the Senate Wednesday and will now go to the House for consideration.

  • forby siu surplusSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) allowing the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University to sell, lease or transfer and convey surplus real estate and retain the proceeds to be used for a scholarship fund was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

    “Last week the SIU president reported the reality of the troubles the university faces due to the lack of a budget. This bill would help SIU in a time of uncertainty,” Forby said.

    “At a time when students are feeling the burden of tuition costs, MAP grants aren’t being funded and the state lacks a budget, this measure allows SIU to help themselves and the students attending the university. It’s really a common sense action to take. The legislation would help SIU to keep pushing forward and provide Southern Illinois students with a quality education.”

    Senate Bill 2970 was introduced by Forby in February as a way to assist the university in letting go of surplus land, thereby putting funding back into the SIU system, 100 percent of which would go into a scholarship fund.

    The measure passed favorably out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and will now go to the Senate floor for a vote.