CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ ongoing state budget crisis has led Chicago State University to tell its 900 employees that they could be laid off and Western Illinois University to announce $20 million in budget cuts over the next two years.
Public universities in Illinois haven’t received any state funding for eight months because of the state’s budget impasse.
Western Illinois says that means it’ll need to reduce its faculty and staff by 100 people and mandatory furloughs for all non-union employees beginning April 1.
It’s unclear how many employees could be laid off at Chicago State, where cost-savings steps have already eliminated spring break and shortened the semester. School officials have said that if state funding doesn’t resume by mid-March, it won’t be able to meet its $5 million monthly payroll.
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