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Retiring SIU Chief Fears for Higher Ed Funding

Retiring SIU Chief Fears for Higher Ed Funding

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Former Congressman and Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says cuts in state funding are reducing public university operations “to very threatening levels.”

Poshard is a Democrat from Murphysboro who’s been active in Illinois public affairs for more than 30 years, including a failed bid for governor. He retired from the SIU system last month.

In an interview, the 68-year-old shared his thoughts about higher education and Illinois’ troubled finances.

Poshard says public higher education faces a 12.5 percent decrease in state funding if lawmakers don’t approve a Democrat-backed proposal to make the state’s temporary income tax increase permanent.

He says a cut of that size would be impossible to take without “severely damaging the number of faculty and quality of programs we have.”

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