University officials in Illinois had been warned of “dire” budget cuts back in December, according to report that month from the Springfield Pantagraph. At that time, though, a state university official envisioned a 20-percent cut as a “worst-case” scenario. Yesterday, they found out Rauner will ask for 31 percent in cuts.
This is stark difference from what Rauner said during his campaign for governor. When speaking about the University of Illinois, Rauner said he not only opposed cuts to the university – saying the status quo of annual cuts was “wrong” – he also said that he would be in favor of increasing investment.