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by Ellyn Fortino
6:51pm
Mon Feb 8, 2016

Chicago State University Students Protest Against Illinois Budget Stalemate (VIDEO)

Chicago State University students and their supporters rallied at the Thompson Center Monday morning, demanding state action to avert a possible shutdown of the predominately black university due to the budget impasse.

Holding signs that read, “Black minds matter” and “Save CSU,” students urged Gov. Bruce Rauner and state legislators to end the ongoing fiscal battle that has left Illinois without a budget since July 1. 

CSU serves over 4,000 students and depends on the state for 30 percent of its budget. The university and other Illinois higher education institutions have gone unfunded during the stalemate in Springfield. As a result, CSU declared itself in a financial state of emergency last week, increasing the possibility of layoffs and cuts to keep the university operating. CSU officials have previously stated that the university could go broke by March.

CSU senior Lakeisha Perry, a psychology major on track to graduate next December, said the budget uncertainty is “nerve-wracking.”

“You work so hard and then this happens,” she told Progress Illinois at the Thompson Center.

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by Ellyn Fortino
7:24am
Thu Aug 20, 2015

Chicago’s Southwest Siders Bring Fight Against Noble Charters To Ald. Burke’s Office

Southwest Side residents and education activists delivered over 500 community letters to Chicago Ald. Ed Burke’s (14th) office on Wednesday as part of their campaign against new Noble charter school campuses proposed for the area. Local residents were also granted a meeting with Burke’s assistant to discuss the charter school issue.

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