Rauner Budget Crisis Has Devastated College Small Business Centers

Thursday May 4, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together

Rauner Budget Crisis Has Devastated College Small Business Centers

While Rauner pushes his failed political agenda, Illinois' students suffer

Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner visited the Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community CollegeAccording to Crain's Chicago, nearly a quarter of small business centers at Illinois colleges have closed because of the Rauner budget crisis. Colleges with shuttered small business centers include Governors State University, Joliet Junior College, Illinois State University, and Waubonsee Community College in Aurora. 

When Governors State University was forced to close its Illinois Small Business Development Center and Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, school officials noted that "the centers have helped more than 6,000 clients create 4,650 new jobs with 190 new business starts and 150 business expansions."

Other universities have made extensive cuts to their small business centers. Southern Illinois University's Small Business Center, which was on the brink of closing due to the budget crisis, has cut its staff from 11 to two.

"It is the height of hypocrisy for Gov. Rauner to tout his failed political agenda at a college small business center while the Rauner budget crisis has shuttered similar centers across Illinois. By holding the budget hostage, Gov. Rauner has forced nearly a quarter of college small business centers to close and others to severely cut programming. To actually help small businesses in Illinois grow, Rauner should put people before politics, drop his failed political agenda, and pass a budget." — Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis


About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org