By Associated Press - Saturday, October 3, 2015

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois has opened a center to help wounded war veterans earn college diplomas.

The Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education opened Friday in Urbana.

Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the ribbon-cutting along with donors, university officials and veterans.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports ( ) that Rauner apologized for the difficult times faced by the university and other institutions because of the state government’s budget impasse.

The first-term Republican governor and the Democrat-dominated Legislature have failed to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1.

The presidents of the state’s nine public universities, including Timothy Killeen of the University of Illinois, wrote a letter Thursday warning Rauner and legislative leaders that the schools were “on the brink of serious operational damage.”


Information from: The News-Gazette,

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