Dan Brady

Illinois public universities struggle with enrollment

Some Illinois lawmakers are looking to find solutions for higher education declining enrollment and financial concerns as more graduating high school students are enrolling out of state.

Figures from the Illinois State Board of Education show 46 percent of 2016 Illinois high school graduates who enrolled in a four-year university went out of state. That's compared with 2002, when 29 percent enrolled in another state, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported .

Al Bowman, executive director of the state board and a former president of Illinois State University, said the state "has had a history of out-migration for many, many years.

"The difference is it has...