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|FIRST ON WGIL: Tentative Budget In Place For Carl Sandburg College
|To say Carl Sandburg College president Tom Schmidt continues to be unhappy with the Illinois Legislature in terms of putting together a state budget despite the ouster of Governor Rod Blagojevich might be a bit of an understatement.
Schmidt says he's counting on level funding from the state in the next fiscal year built into the FY 2010 $16.3 million operating budget the CSC Board tentatively approved Thursday night, and will be formalized next month.
But Schmidt says he gets miffed when he hears terms like "doomsday scenario" thrown around, because he tells WGIL lawmakers should have started planning about these things 10 years ago instead of waiting until the state is in a financial crisis like it is now.
"I have no patience with the fact that tough decisions are made more difficult when they're delayed due to political purposes. I'm calling on leaders, meaning individuals that lend themselves to the electoral process to do what needs to be done TODAY. Not tomorrow, not next month, not next year, not at the next election cycle, TODAY."
Schmidt says he'd be pleased to get more state aid than he's anticipating, but, quote, "wouldn't spend it because we got it."
He says his budget is balanced.
The CSC board Thursday signed a letter with an understanding with officials in Nauvoo who are looking at forming a university there that would replace an outpost of Brigham Young University closed several years ago.
Schmidt says if and when the Nauvoo University is opened up, students can enroll in classes at Sandburg and then transfer to the university.
|05 22 09 by Newsroom
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