ICCTA Action Alert
April 17, 2003
The following legislative update was prepared by the Illinois Community College Board.
Community College System District Allocations of
Gov. Blagojevich's FY 2004 Budget
On April 9th the Illinois Community College Board
provided the community college system with information
relative to Governor Blagojevich's fiscal year 2004 budget. The ICCB is
supportive of the Governor's budget. As the Governor said in his budget
address: "So let me say at the outset, there will be some things in this
budget that you won't like." As the Governor predicted, the ICCB has some
concerns and questions regarding the Governor's budget.
However, before we address the fiscal year 2004 budget, we would again like
to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to Governor Blagojevich
for releasing virtually all of the fiscal year 2003 budgetary reserves and
making available these funds for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
This important action certainly has had a significant impact upon the entire
community college system.
Now for fiscal year 2004. First, as anticipated the Governor's budget does
not address the recommended changes to the community college system funding
formula. This issue has yet to reach his desk. No funds for the "hold
harmless" provision of funding task force recommendations have been provided
in the Governor's budget. Therefore, the allocation of the Credit Hour
component of the Base Operating Grant has been prepared at this point
utilizing the traditional funding methodology. The ICCB will continue
working with the General Assembly in an effort to make available the "hold
harmless" funds in order to be able to implement the funding task force's
Second, the ICCB has questions as to how the new Central Management Services
(CMS) Education Technology Initiative will be administered. As you are
aware, funds were removed from the ICCB, Illinois Board of Higher Education,
and Illinois State Board of Education budgets to create the
Education Technology Initiative. It is our understanding that $7.9 million
is allocated to this project in the CMS budget. It is our desire to ensure
that community colleges have appropriate access to these funds. We will
continue to update the system as we learn additional information.
In addition, the ICCB has been in dialogue with the Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) concerning the transfer of the Current
Workforce Training Grants to DCEO. It is our understanding that $2.3
million is included in the DCEO fiscal year 2004 budget for this purpose.
Preliminary discussions with DCEO have been positive relative to community
colleges being able to continue to access these funds and provide important
training services to local business and industry.
Both the Chairs of ICCB and IBHE have indicated an interest in investigating
the possibility of obtaining some additional funds that would address the
issues surrounding serving special needs students. However, it should be
kept in mind that the Governor has said that to increase funding in one area
will necessitate reducing funding in another.
The ICCB will continue to work with the Office of the Governor and the
General Assembly to obtain the most favorable result possible for the
community college system in these troubled financial times.
Community college system summary information and individual district
allocations of the Governor's fiscal year 2004 budget are available at:
For additional information on state legislative issues,
contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.
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