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U of Illinois: More faculty exit over state finance crisis

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Figures from the University of Illinois show that its faculty members have received job offers and have resigned to move elsewhere in increasing numbers over the past 12 months.

School officials have said over the past two years that uncertainty over the state budget and pension funding has led more faculty at the Urbana-Champaign campus to look for work outside Illinois.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign , 151 professors received outside job offers and sought incentives to stay over that period. That is up from 104 a year earlier.

And 70 faculty members have resigned over the past year. That is up from 46.

Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said she fears it will become even more difficult to keep faculty without some resolution of the budget crisis.