State Roundup: SIU to propose 6 percent tuition hike

From Illinois News Network

At Southern Illinois University’s April 16 Board of Trustees meeting, trustees can expect University President Randy Dunn to recommend a six percent tuition increase, The Southern is reporting.

If the hike is approved, total in-state tuition will increase by $504 to $8,919 dollars and out of state tuition will jump to just over $22,297 dollars. The increase would only apply to incoming students.

The move is in response to a proposed cut of 31.5 percent from higher education funding by state government.

DCEO to market core assets

The Department of  Commerce and Economic Opportunity said the state’s five core assets are being underutilized, DCEO director Jim Schultz told the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council at its meeting last week. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports the five core assets include agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, health care and finance, insurance and real estate – the final three are included in a single category.

Schultz said he has a trip to California planned to meet with their agriculture industry leaders to suggest building a secondary water supply source in Illinois. California has experienced massive drought for years.

In higher education, Schultz said he’d like to see more cooperation with business leaders to prepare college graduates for jobs in Illinois, hoping to quell out-migration to other states.

Finally, he expressed interest in making Illinois more competitive day-to-day with neighboring states and attract more business by encouraging use of the Advantage Illinois small business tax credit.

Mt. Zion tables ‘Turnaround’ agenda resolution

Gov. Bruce Rauner, by way of the Illinois Municipal League, has asked municipalities to consider resolution language in support of his “Turnaround Agenda,” which includes what he calls pro-business reforms and changes to government to get Illinois on a sustainable path. The resolution was brought up Monday night in Mt. Zion and trustees asked for more time to review the language, the Herald & Review reports. The group tabled the discussion. A similar decision was made last week in Oswego, where trustees faced a packed house of union supporters who spoke in opposition to the resolution.

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