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Illinois’ seven-month budget crisis has forced Chicago State University to send layoff notices to all of its 900 employees.

There are 300 faculty members at the school.

The university declared a financial emergency this month to make it easier to fire tenured faculty, eliminate academic programs and take other extreme measures.

About one-third of Chicago State University’s  budget comes from the state, and the school doesn’t have enough cash reserves to support itself.

In another cost-cutting move this week, Chicago State  announced it had canceled next month’s spring break and would hold classes to help ensure students could finish the semester before a possible school shutdown.

The spring semester will now end April 28 rather than May 13.