Research and Education in Illinois

The State of Illinois has withheld $2.2 billion from public universities, according to the bond rating agency Moody’s, since the start of its ongoing budget battles.

States typically subsidize research and education through fiscal appropriations for public universities and financial assistance for college students. Students’ tuition and fees, in other words, only cover some of the cost of their education, and the rest of the costs are covered by states.

Illinois public universities have reduced programs and terminated employees, as reported in the Chicago Tribune. At NEIU, employees have been furloughed again, which means that faculty will have donated two and one-half weeks of income to subsidize the research and education that we’re expected to do for Illinois.

Winners and Losers

Senate Democrats should insist upon a compelling case for why they should show greater respect for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee than the Republicans had for President Obama’s. Once convinced, they should hold hearings, ask pointed questions, and then vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. No one wins when the political process is suspended.