Illinois budget stalemate hitting U of Illinois campus

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A number of projects and programs are on hold at the University of Illinois because of the state budget standoff. Gov. Bruce Rauner wants deep state spending cuts and has frozen a number of programs until a budget for the new fiscal year is complete. On Thursday he vetoed most of a $36.3 billion budget approved by legislators. It was more than $3 billion short on revenue. According to The News-Gazette, projects to improve the country’s power grid and install solar panels on an engineering building are on hold. The Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center will close Tuesday. Rauner initially proposed a 31.5 percent cut in higher-education spending. University President Timothy Killeen hopes the final figure is closer to the 8.6 percent cut approved by legislators.