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In this spring 2013 photo, students walk through the main entrance at John A. Logan College. The community college estimates it will have about 6,200 students, which is 200 less than last year's total of 6,400.

CARTERVILLE — The Illinois Community College Board adopted a formula Wednesday to distribute $3 million in emergency funds to community colleges in need. 

Under the 2017 Budget Implementation bill, the Illinois Board of Higher Education must consult with the ICCB for community college financial emergencies. At a Nov. 23 special meeting, the IHBE passed a resolution reserving $3 million for community colleges in the state.    

On Wednesday, during its special meeting via a conference call at JALC and other locations, the ICCB unanimously approved the $3 million appropriation. 

Despite his appreciation for the available emergency funds, Lazaro Lopez, chairman of the ICCB, said community colleges in the state will continue to struggle until a stable budget is implemented.  

"I do want to say that while we are grateful and moving forward in this process, there is still a need for a regular state budget and our community colleges will continue to struggle until a full state budget is passed," he said.  

Du Quoin Mayor Guy Alongi and JALC Trustee Jake Rendleman, both members of the ICCB, were also present for the special meeting at JALC and shared that the distribution of emergency funds, as well as the community colleges who will be receiving them, will be determined after a "yes" vote from the IBHE.

"I've never known them to turn it down," Rendleman said. 

The IBHE is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 13 at Harper College in Palatine. 

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Nefeteria Brewster is a reporter covering Marion and Williamson County.

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