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SIU president responds to Gov. Rauner's "non-essential spending" freeze

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Leaders at Southern Illinois University have spent the past couple of days tying up loose ends after Governor Bruce Rauner ordered that they freeze all non-essential spending.

President Randy Dunn says that means putting more than 5 percent of the budget on hold or $5 million.

So far, the school has put a stop to on-campus construction projects and purchases of new school equipment, like cars and computers.

President Dunn says students will not be affected by the change this year.

“We want to continue with the classes we need to have," President Dunn said. "We want to make sure all of our computer labs have equipment in them that work and have staffing appropriate. I don't think on this round, to get through this fiscal year you're going to see the types of things that students will directly notice.”

Dunn went on to say that no staff cuts will be made. Rauner's executive order should save the state more than $1 billion this fiscal year.

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