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Rally held at SIU against IL budget cuts

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - People from around southern Illinois gathered at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on Wednesday, holding a rally against the governor's proposed budget cuts. 

With a possible cut of $44 million to SIUC, people at the rally say the amount of money lost would be devastating.

City leaders, union workers and students gathered on campus in front of the Morris library holding signs and chanting: "What do we want? A fair budget! When do we want it? Now!"

Many presenters came to speak on how these funding cuts would not only affect the university, but the city of Carbondale as well.

Some students said due to these cuts, other plans may have to be made.

“There's all these news programs and radio programs and environmental programs that are all funded slightly, but they still get funding, and they're looking at being cut," SIU freshman, Jessica Hays said. "And if those programs go away, the reason I came here goes away.”

“It's important to me that they are able to have the services that they really have rights to have," SIU speech pathology student, Lindsey Steury said. "It breaks my heart that there are going to be people out there that because of dollars and cents, they aren't able to get important services.”

Organizers of the rally say they handed out more than 300 flyers on how to get in touch with state legislators.

Governor Rauner's office emailed their response to the higher education budget cuts:

“The governor believes education is the most important thing we do as a community, and he is committed to ensuring everyone has access to a high-quality education. Reductions to higher education are less than six percent of the universities' total budgets. Illinois is the fifth most populous state in the country, and number four in support for higher education, which remains true after these savings. His budget also maintains funding to the financial aid program for students who need assistance paying for college."

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