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State Budget Proposal Means Less for NIU

February 16th, 2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 includes substantially less funding for Northern Illinois University compared to the last full state budget enacted in fiscal year 2015.  The proposed FY 2018 appropriation for NIU is $77,428,800.  That’s a 17 % reduction from the $93,189,500 allotted to NIU in FY 2015.

On the other hand, if enacted, it would be a marked improvement over the last two years. According to figures in the proposed budget, actual appropriations to NIU totaled $26, 403,200 in FY 2016, when no budget was passed.

A “stopgap” funding plan enacted for the first half of  FY 2017 appropriated $48, 293,000 to the school, but there is as yet no deal – and no new money – on the horizon for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

Northern Illinois Public Radio