- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Students at two dozen Illinois colleges have penned an open letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers about the 10-month stalemate on a state budget.

The letter singles out the Republican governor for saying he wants a separate piece of legislation to fund elementary and secondary education for the coming year.

The letter says that initiative would be undermined if better-prepared high school graduates “leave the state for college because their preferred in-state college has either closed, is in serious financial jeopardy, or has fallen in educational ranking due to lack of state funding.”

The “Budget Cuts Mean Us” Coalition began at Northern Illinois University’s student government association and gained support from 17 other universities, seven colleges and the student board member to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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