Both the Macomb School District and the Macomb Education Association said they have issued their “best and final” contract offers.
There are 498 fewer students attending Western Illinois University this fall than at this time last year.
Western Illinois University’s credit rating has been downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service, though the school has plenty of company.
Even though the Illinois legislature agreed to maintain higher education funding at current levels, challenges remain for public universities.
The cost of attending Western Illinois University will go up 4.5% this fall for incoming students.
During their meeting in Moline, the school’s Board of Trustees members approved raising tuition, fees, and room and board for the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.
Budget Director Matt Bierman said although the state legislature agreed to hold higher education funding level this year, the state nonetheless deserves part of the blame for the rising costs.