CHICAGO (CBS) — Northeastern Illinois University has laid off student aides as state universities try to save money because of the budget impasse in Springfield.
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Nearly 300 students received an email with the bad news. The State Universities Civil Service System implanted a new rule ensuring adult employees were not the only ones taking a hit financially.
“How do we make sure that if employees are going to be impacted by a furlough program that we don’t place the entire burden, if you will, on one group of people,” asked SUCSS executive director Jeff Brownfield.READ MORE: Northwestern Alums Create 'The Seeker,' A Highly Accurate Football Thrower They Call A Robotic QB
Full-time student Amy Sticha worked in the biology lab and had a feeling this would happen. She used her paycheck to help pay her tuition and rent.
“Any new job I get isn’t going to be nearly as accommodating of my classes, I’m probably going to have to drop down to part-time student,” said Sticha.MORE NEWS: Cariacature Artist, Substitute Teacher Says She Keeps Trying To Reach Illinois Unemployment Office -- Only To Have Calls Dropped
Northeastern Illinois University also plans to close its entire Chicago campus during this month’s spring break.