Chicago State University officials have announced that they will be able to fund their staff through the month of April.
Previously, the university said they would not be able to fund their staff after the month of March due to the ongoing state budget impasse. University officials have reportedly negotiated with vendors to squeeze out another month of operation using cash reserves. Even still, officials with the university, consisting of a predominantly African-American student body, say the well will run dry at the end of April if the state budget issue is not addressed.
The university recently issued layoff notices to its entire staff of 900, alerting them that job losses could take place starting in April, as required by state law. The university also cut its spring break as a means to save money during the budget impasse.
CSU professor and head of the faculty union Robert Bionaz said the attempt to get through the semester without shuttering is of most importance in order to avoid accreditation problems. However, the outlook for an overall budget agreement being reached in the near future is bleak, in his opinion, according to the AP.
"Absolutely not. I have no idea. I can't imagine how this is going to end," Bionaz said, according to the news agency.