Chicago State University threatens more layoffs if there's no state funding

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Chicagoans rally to save CSU
Chicagoans are gathering on the South Side to save Chicago State University.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago State University says more layoffs are on the way if the school doesn't get more state funding.

"In preparation for that reality, logistical steps must be taken to protect state property, including collecting keys. These moves are necessary to ensure CSU will remain open and be able to continue operating through the summer and into the next semester," a university statement said.

The school is running low on funds and is struggling to keep its doors open because of the state budget crisis.

Various demonstrations have been held throughout March to show support for the school.

The institution is reeling from a lack of money coming from Springfield. CSU has sent notices to its 900 employees, saying there will be layoffs if the school doesn't receive its state funding.

"No university should have to close its doors because of lack of funding, and there are funding solutions supported by Governor Rauner pending in the legislature that pay for higher education," Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a statement. "Democratic leaders have continued to play politics by passing bills that do nothing besides make empty promises to students. It's time for House and Senate Democrats to end their vacation and return to Springfield to negotiate on a legislative solution that fully funds higher education."