As one statehouse reporter put it, the main headline from this week is "Something finally happens in Springfield." Democrats and Republicans came together to pass stop-gap funding for higher education in Illinois.
It comes as Chicago State University is threatening to close and other state schools — including the flagship Urbana campus of the University of Illinois — have announced or carried out hundreds of layoffs. The crisis is far from over, as most universities are getting about a third of the state money they'd been expecting. And the state's human service vendors are still waiting to see whether they'll ever be paid for the services they've performed.