Summer is always a quieter time on college campuses. Most students go home for a summer job or take an internship elsewhere. Faculty and staff typically have less to do on campus. Some might even leave town for a vacation.
For three months of the year, the local businesses and industries that profit from the needs and wants of the university community adjust.
But in the middle of an unprecedented time in Illinois, when the state doesn’t have nearly to enough money on hand to pay for what it’s promised, the future of Illinois’ public universities is unclear. And that did not leave much wiggle room for those businesses that have built up around the schools. IPR's Hannah Meisel reports.