University of Ill. asks state for no drop in funding

March 13, 2012

The Associated Press

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University of Illinois President Michael Hogan at the school's 2011 Lobby Day.

University of Illinois President Michael Hogan and the school's CFO say they need the state to at least hold funding at current levels.

Hogan and CFO Walter Knorr told lawmakers during an appropriations hearing Monday in Chicago that Gov. Pat Quinn's recommendation that university funding remain flat for the coming fiscal year is appreciated in tough financial times.

But according to The (Champaign) News-Gazette, Knorr also said the university has concerns about state funding. They include the $349 million the state government owes the university. Illinois' government continues to run months behind on payments to schools and others that rely on state funding.

Sen. Donne Trotter asked Hogan about recent faculty calls for his resignation. Hogan disagreed with Trotter that they amounted to a vote of no confidence.