Chicago State sends layoff notices amid Illinois state budget crisis

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois' ongoing state budget crisis has led Chicago State University to send out letters to its 900 employees telling them that they could be laid off.

It is not clear how many employees could be laid off but under federal law, employers with more than 100 employees must give 60 days' notice of possible layoffs to all their workers.

Like other public universities, Chicago State has not received any state funding for eight months because of the state's budget impasse. Chicago State has already taken cost-saving steps, including eliminating spring break and shortening the semester. 

School officials have said that if state funding doesn't resume by mid-March, the school won't be able to meet its $5 million monthly payroll.

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