Thursday, April 19, 2012

Students, alumni rally in Springfield

Hundreds of University of Illinois students and alumni rallied at the State Capitol Wednesday, asking lawmakers not to slash the school's budget.

The group came to the Capitol Wednesday afternoon to press their case to hold the line on funding for Illinois campuses in Champaign-Urbana, Springfield and Chicago.

Lawmakers have been looking at slashing the university's appropriation by five percent. Those lobbying on behalf of the university are hoping that those cuts are no more than that five percent.

Cuts in the university budget come as enrollment at all three campuses hits a record of over 77,000 students.

The three University of Illinois campuses awarded over 19,000 degrees in 2011.

The effort was featured by WAND-TV in an April 18, 2012, report.

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