Chicago State University Cancels Spring Break; To End School Year Early

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CHICAGO (AP) - Amidst the state's ongoing budget crisis, one state university facing some of the biggest financial struggles has decided to end the school year ahead of schedule.

Chicago State University announced on Tuesday the elimination of spring break to make sure students will finish the semester before the school may be forced to close down due to a lack of state funding.

Chicago State University President Thomas J. Calhoun told faculty and students on Tuesday that the spring semester will end April 28. The semester was scheduled to end May 13.

Illinois' public universities and community colleges haven't received state money since summer of 2015 due to the budget showdown between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic super majority who control the General Assembly.

Chicago State, which has a large number of low-income students, has said it will run out of money next month.

Spokesman Tom Wogan said spending cuts will now allow the university to meet its payroll through March.

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