Wednesday, March 30, 2016

ILL-inois: Chicago State tells workers to turn in keys as layoffs loom

Democrats are blaming Illinois' Republican reform governor for the budget standoff. But because of gerrymandering they have supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. So they can pass whatever budget they want--and even if Gov. Rauner vetoes it--they can override him. The General Assembly is a lock-step body like the Soviet Central Committee--what's the big deal?

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Administrators at Chicago State University this week issued a demand to all employees to turn in all keys to campus facilities by next week as an April 30 date for layoffs to begin looms.

“Chicago State continues to operate despite the absence of state funding,” CSU spokesman Tom Wogan said Tuesday.

“If the state continues to deny funding to public universities, institutions like CSU will have to make difficult decisions moving forward including the possibility of additional layoffs. In preparation for that reality, logistical steps must be taken to protect state property, including collecting keys,” he said.

CSU is among many victims of a 10-month budget battle between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders who have yet to allocate any state funding to Illinois’ 12 public universities and countless other state programs.

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