U of Illinois makes cuts while it waits for state budget

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — While it waits to find out how much money it will receive from the state this year, the University of Illinois says it has cut $24 million in expenses. The university says the money was cut from data processing and building maintenance. It’s a small fraction of the school’s $5.6 billion annual operating budget or the $209 million Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting from the school’s state appropriation. Rauner proposed 31.5 percent cuts for all state universities, while the General Assembly countered with a proposed 8 percent cut. Public universities and other state-funded institutions in Illinois now wait for the governor and lawmakers to agree on a state budget. A budget for the current fiscal year was due July 1, but the two sides can’t agree on spending plans.