CSU lays off 300 employees

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CHICAGO -- Chicago State University laid off 300 employees Friday effective immediately.

The layoffs equal about one-third of the workforce, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Chicago State President Thomas Calhoun Jr. tells the Tribune the cuts “will touch every area of the university — from associate vice presidents to police officers, counselors and carpenters.” It will reduce the number of non-instructional employees by nearly half.

Faculty members were spared during this initial wave of cuts but are likely to be affected later, according to the Tribune.

The cuts will save about 40 percent in payroll costs, or about $2 million a month, Calhoun said.

Last week, lawmakers in Springfield set aside their differences and released emergency funding for high education. But the $20.1 million emergency cash infusion from the state is less than two-thirds of what the university expected for this year.

Barbara Moore works in the School of Pharmacy and says she was surprised to find out that her job was cut.   She was leaving campus Friday night with her car full of items she removed from her office.