SIUC small business center to close due to no Illinois budget -

SIUC small business center to close due to no Illinois budget

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Officials at Southern Illinois University say its Small Business Development Center on the Carbondale campus will have to close next month because the state doesn't have a budget.

The center uses grant money from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help about 600 southern Illinois small businesses a year. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the grant money hasn't been available since January and the university has been funding it.

Greg Bouhl is the center's director. He says the closing will be "a big loss to the region." The center has six full-time staffers and several student workers. They will lose their jobs when the center closes March 31.

GOP Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the state Legislature have been at a state budget stalemate since last summer.

Note: In our original report, we did not specify that the closing only affects the Small Business Development Center at the Carbondale Campus.  Additionally, we used video of the Edwardsville campus in our report causing further confusion.  Despite the state's budget mess, SIU-Edwardsville has a very successful Small Business Development Center that will remain open.

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