State budget impasse prompts Chicago State University to cancel spring break

State budget impasse prompts Chicago State University to cancel spring break

Change will enable the school to finish its semester earlier, before it runs out of money

Chicago State University is eliminating its spring break this year so that students will finish semester classes before a lack of state funding forces the school to close down.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the new schedule means the current semester will end on April 28 instead of May 13. The spring break was to take place from March 14 to 19.

University President Thomas Calhoun says in a memo to faculty and students that the changes were made "to fulfill the university's commitment to students regarding the completion of the semester."

Nearly 7,200 students are enrolled at the school, which is situated on the South Side of Chicago.

Chicago State and other public universities and community colleges in Illinois have not received state funds for several months because Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state legislature have been unable to agree on a budget.

Officials at Chicago State have indicated that as soon as March, it might run out of money to pay employees.

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