Legislators end state’s record-setting budget impasse

Lawmakers ended the state's record-setting budget stalemate July 6 by passing a spending plan that will provide full-year funding for the University of Illinois System for the current fiscal year.

The resolution, which was reached after members of the General Assembly voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of the budget package, is the state’s first budget plan — and UIC's first full-year budget appropriation —since fiscal 2015. Fiscal 2018 began July 1.

"Today’s legislative action to pass a balanced budget for the state is a great step forward for higher education in Illinois and for UIC," UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis wrote in a campus announcement last week. "I am relieved and full of optimism as we look to the future." Read more...