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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
10:28pm
Thu Jan 14, 2016

Quinn Slams Rauner Over Ongoing Budget Impasse

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn went on the attack against Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday night, slamming him over the six-month-old budget impasse and his “anti-worker” turnaround agenda. 

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