WPSD: Students fear further cuts after layoffs announced at SIU

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WPSD is reporting, “Illinois’ ongoing gridlock over the state budget has led to deep cuts at a university many of your children attend.

Southern Illinois University Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell announced in a letter to the campus Wednesday that 51 civil service employees will be laid off.

When students come back from summer break, they will see fewer faculty members. By laying off 51 employees and not filling vacant positions, the university expects to save $19 million in permanent savings.

“Our hope is that, by making these cuts, we will be positioning the university for success going forward,” said SIUC Chief Communications Officer Rae Goldsmith…”


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