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Illinois comptroller tours NIU

April 7, 2015
Leslie Munger speaks with NIU student leaders Raquel Chavez, Paul Julion,  xx and Christian Villalobos during her visit to NIU (Photo: Susan Stephens, WNIJ)

Leslie Munger speaks with NIU student leaders Raquel Chavez, Paul Julion, Tony Roberts and Christian Villalobos during her visit to NIU (Photo: Susan Stephens, WNIJ)

State Comptroller Leslie Munger toured several buildings at Northern Illinois University on Tuesday, speaking with students, faculty and administrators in order to get a sense of the challenges universities face during a challenging state fiscal times.

“Our funding, as we know, in Illinois is challenged to say the least, and a lot of the universities and public education areas are concerned about cuts, going forward,” Munger told reporters gathered at Altgeld Hall.

She indicated she expects cuts at some level to help tackle the state’s $8 billion in overdue bills.

Munger told students that although she does not have legislative powers, her office could serve as a “megaphone” for their concerns about a reduced state investment in higher education and affordability issues.