As state funding for colleges and universities declines in Illinois, the lieutenant governor said the schools need to find ways to remain accessible to a wide range of students.
The problem is multi-faceted. The state legislature has cut support for universities in recent years. Those schools then raise tuition. That means more students rely on financial aid, but the state has been cutting that too.
Macomb will have to wait for state money to help pay for a major revitalization project -- and there is still no guarantee the money will ever come through.
The city hoped to receive around $1.2 million through a state enhancement program for its West Adams Street corridor project. The state money would be combined with $750,000 in local funding to pay for the work.
But Mayor Mike Inman said the only improvement project the state decided to fund in this general region was in Elmwood.