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The interim leader of the Illinois Board of Higher Education is saluting Governor J.B. Pritzker when it comes to proposed spending for Illinois public colleges and universities.


Board officials say If passed, Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget proposal would mark the largest percentage increase since fiscal year 2002 for public universities, and the highest increase in overall higher education operations in three decades. 


Interim Director Nyle Robinson believes the spending plan could slow Illinois' "other" exodus problem and sway Illinois college students to stay home...



Robinson believes a new grant program could also be a booster....



Pritzker's higher ed budget would bring in an additional $55.2 million for public universities and 13.9 million for community colleges and adult education. 


Pritzker is also proposing $75 million in a re-appropriation for higher education emergency capital projects, and a $150 million lump sum for deferred maintenance. 

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