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WIU: Gov. Pritzker FY22 Budget Address

February 17, 2021

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – During today's budget address by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the Governor proposed flat funding for higher education, which would result in Western Illinois University's FY22 higher education state appropriation remaining level at $49.6 million upon approval by the Illinois General Assembly.

"During these challenging budgetary times, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are greatly appreciative of Gov. Pritzker's ongoing commitment to our public universities," said WIU President Guiyou Huang. "We extend our deepest gratitude to the Governor for protecting higher education."

In addition to the proposal for flat (level) funding for Illinois higher education, Gov. Pritzker has recommended an increase of $28 million for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, level AIM High funding and $1 million to fund the Common Application for higher education. The Governor has also recommended re-appropriating all of Western's capital development funds, including funds for the WIU-Quad Cities campus in Moline and Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) on the Macomb campus.

"Western Illinois University has a bright future ahead, and we look forward to our continued work with the Governor and the General Assembly to ensure that WIU and Illinois public higher education remain at the forefront," Huang added. "The Governor's recommendations for higher education provides much needed assistance for our students, and our University is committed to continuing to provide an affordable and accessible education to the citizens of Illinois and beyond."

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