(CBS) — Northeastern Illinois University is cancelling classes for three days due to the continuing state budget impasse.
Faculty, staff and students protested last month when the school furloughed 1,100 workers during the five days of spring break.READ MORE: Security Guard Shoots Man Who Pulled Gun When Asked To Pay For Snacks At Englewood Gas Station
Now, NEIU officials say the class cancellations will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday and on May 1.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Hot Weekend With Storms For Father's Day
“On a scale of 1 to 10, my frustration level is at a 22,” Interim President Richard J. Helldobler said in a prepared statement.
The significance of 22 is that Illinois has operated without a budget for 22 months, he explained.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: More Storms Possible This Weekend
“Springfield must understand that the lack of funding for higher education is having a negative and permanent impact, specifically on disadvantaged populations in the state. College access is critical for those who seek higher-paying jobs that contribute to a strong economy.”