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Illinois budget gives temporary fix for public universities

A new Illinois budget will give public universities funding for the 2017-18 school year.

This is the first time in two years that the state's 12 public universities will receive funding, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2v60l95 ) reported.

In 2015, universities received more than $1.2 billion from the state's spending plan. But the budget impasse prompted campus shutdowns, layoffs and program cuts.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education said the new budget will provide universities with about $1.1 billion for the 2017-18 academic year, a 10 percent decline from 2015.

University leaders caution that while it's a relief to have one year's funding, the budget...