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U of Illinois needs $400 million for basic repairs, officials say

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By AP/KWMU

Urbana, Ill. – Officials at the University of Illinois say the school needs $400 million dollars just to repair basic problems like leaky roofs, faulty furnaces, and drafty windows in its nearly 400 buildings.

But the university says it will need another $400 million over the next decade to keep up as newer buildings age on its three campuses.

And, after years of trying to tackle the problem without upping tuition burden, university officials now say the students must pitch in. Beginning next fall, new students in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago will pay an extra $250 per semester that will go only for deferred maintenance. Students in Springfield will pay $125 per semester.

University president Joe White says it would be irresponsible not to catch up with needed repairs.

The university's Board of Trustees approved the rate scale at its April 11th meeting.

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