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UI watching Washington for funding dollars

SPRINGFIELD -- UI officials are keeping a close watch on budget talks in Washington, D.C.
SPRINGFIELD -- UI officials are keeping a close watch on budget talks in Washington, D.C. That's because it could change how much money the university gets for research.

A budget deal could mean more money for UI. Last year, when Congress couldn't pass a budget in time, it triggered automatic cuts across the board.

It meant UI had to compete with other universities for a smaller pool of research dollars. Some work had to be put on hold because of it.

So, a new budget deal could mean the university can plan ahead a little better than it's been able to over the past few years, while keeping up the strong tradition of research at all three campuses.

Last year, the three campuses shared about $825 million in federal funding. It should at least stay the same or increase depending on the budget.

The House already passed a version last week. The Senate plans to work on it this week.
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