The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees approved the fiscal year operating and capital budget Friday. The board approved an operating budget increase of $15.5 million. The proposed budget, which will be forwarded to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for consideration, includes an additional $6 million to support salary and cost increases; $2 million for deferred maintenance; $4.5 million for the operation of the Quad Cities Riverfront campus; $1.5 million for student financial aid; $750,000 for both the healthcare professional education program and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program.
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