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University of Illinois planning staff layoffs due to state budget stalemate

University of Illinois planning staff layoffs due to state budget stalemate

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is preparing for layoffs in the fall if lawmakers haven't solved the state's budget impasse by then.

An email sent to the university's deans, directors and department heads lays out a coordinated plan for laying off civil service employees. Managers must report the positions they intend to eliminate by May 16.

The plan is a sign of how the state budget impasse is affecting even Illinois' most prominent public university, which has weathered the crisis better than other public schools.

Hiring of civil service employees has been frozen at the campus in preparation for the reassignment of employees in other departments who...

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