Students at Carterville's John A. Logan College held a sit-in Monday and began what they say will be a week of demonstrations against the planned layoffs of school workers.
The college's board approved 55 worker layoffs last week as the school grapples with the effects of the ongoing state budget impasse, now in its ninth month.
Students plan to hold protests, pickets and petition signing events each day this week in an attempt to spur movement in Springfield on a solution to the state's higher education funding crisis. Higher education appropriations and funding for the state's tuition assistance program for low-income college students have been frozen during the long-running budget stalemate.
"We're hoping to get our message to Springfield, to Governor Rauner, to our state representatives to inspire them to work together and create a budget that will fund higher education," Logan student Makennen Crain told WPSD Local 6.
According to The Southern Illinoisan, state Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) is expected to hold an informational event with John A. Logan College students about the state's budget situation Wednesday afternoon at the school.