SPRINGFIELD — The presidents of the two largest public university systems in Illinois pleaded with lawmakers Wednesday to not cut their budgets by another 10 percent.
The hearing before a Senate committee was part of a strategy by Democrats to point out the impact of budget cuts proposed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, a state senator from Bloomington.
Brady was not present at the hearing.
University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry said the 10 percent cut would equal $74 million and would come on top of $86 million in cuts already made at the university.
He said an additional $74 million in cuts would equal the state appropriations to the UI's Springfield campus, its Chicago dental school, its Champaign law school and College of Education and its three satellite medical schools in Peoria, Rockford and Urbana.
Southern Illinois University President Glen Poshard, who once served in the state Senate, also testified.
More in Thursday's News-Gazette.