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COVID-19 to boost ISU’s spending request almost 16% in next year’s budget

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NORMAL (WEEK) - The proposed operating budget for the next fiscal year at Illinois State University is 15.8%, or $11 million, above the current year's budget, with the entire increase due to COVID-19-related expenses.

ISU's Board of Trustees is being asked to send the spending plan to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The state legislature has the final say.

The proposed operating budget for ISU is $80.6 million, and the capital request is $449.6 million.

The top priority in ISU's capital request $101.5 million for a new engineering building. Also on that wish list is a new building for the Mennonite School of Nursing, and replacements for University High School and the Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School.

The governing board meets Friday at 9 a.m. Trustees will also decide whether to approve up to $5.5 million on a campus lab to process saliva-based COVID-19 tests, and up to $1.6 million to secure extra COVID quarantine space at two Bloomington-Normal hotels.

Howard Packowitz

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