Friday, May 6, 2016

300 layoffs at Chicago State University - Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun Times

Threats of mass layoffs that had hung over the state’s only university serving a predominantly minority, low-income student population became reality Friday, as Chicago State let go 300 employees. The layoffs, effective April 30th, trimmed just over a third — 35 percent — of Chicago State University’s administrative and non-faculty staff, sources said. The move comes a week after CSU, which has been hardest hit by the higher-education crisis triggered by the state’s historic budget impasse, received $20.1 million from a long-stalled $600 million emergency funding bill for public universities finally agreed upon by the legislature and governor. The funds were less than 60 percent of the $37 million the South Side school had counted on getting from the state this year — not enough to stave off the inevitable.

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