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NPR Illinois and Tri States Public Radio host the seventh Illinois Issues Forum on the state's financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse.

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On the 21st: We talked with University of Illinois president Timothy Killeen, Western Illinois president Western Illinois president Jack Thomas and Larry Dietz, president of Illinois State University in Normal, about how state universities are handling budget issues for the upcoming school year.

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Higher education in Illinois has been caught in a continuing battle over the budget. 

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  Enrollment is down at many of Illinois' public universities. As Hannah Meisel reports, the lost tuition is hurting schools' bottom line.

As the state has cut funding to higher education, universities have made up for the losses by raising tuition. But when there are fewer students to pay, colleges feel the squeeze all over again.