Damage Done: Rauner Wrecked “Second to None” State Universities

Chicago, IL – Yesterday, Bruce Rauner praised our state universities as “second to none” in a CNBC interview, but throughout his term, Rauner has driven those same public colleges and universities into the ground.
Rauner's budget crisis caused “significant damage” and forced “some of the deepest cuts to higher education in the nation” on Illinois schools according to a new report by The Atlantic. Here’s the real Rauner record:

  • Bond downgrades: Seven state universities saw their credit downgraded, five to junk status.
  • Enrollment drop: 72,000 fewer students enrolled in Illinois public colleges and universities.
  • Funding cuts: Higher education would see a 20 percent cut in Rauner’s proposed budget.
  • Lasting damage: Public universities leaders say, “it will take years to neutralize the harm” to their schools after Rauner’s budget crisis.
  • Rankings plunge: U of I, ISU, SIU dropped in the latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings.
  • Tuition hikes: 7 percent tuition and fee increases were passed on to students.

“Bruce Rauner decimated the same public colleges and universities he is now calling ‘second to none,’” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Bond downgrades, enrollment and rankings drops, mass layoffs, and tuition hikes are the damage done by this failed governor to our state’s most valuable institutions.”


Michael Berger