Damage Done: Bruce Rauner’s 736-Day Crisis Led to “Reduced Enrollment, Layoffs, and Tuition Hikes”

Chicago, IL – A new report details the damage done to Illinois’ higher education system by Bruce Rauner’s 736-day manufactured budget crisis. It breaks down “disproportionate and lasting consequences,” some of which include “university reserves exhausted, programs cut, workers laid off, and credit ratings downgraded.” But that’s not all — the report details:

  • $1 billion in economic activity disappeared each year.
  • 72,000 fewer students enrolled in Illinois public colleges and universities.
  • 7,500 jobs were lost in higher education. 
  • 7 percent tuition and fee increases were passed on to students.

“As Bruce Rauner jets off to Asia, he should know that decimating the state’s higher education system is not a selling point that will bring businesses to Illinois,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Economic activity disappeared, students left, jobs were lost and tuition went up — that’s the damage done by this failed governor.”


Anna Rosenfeld