- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Trustees at a southern Illinois community college have voted to lay off 55 faculty and staff members amid financial troubles administrators say stem from the lack of a state budget.

The John A. Logan College board voted 7-1 on Wednesday. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports (http://bit.ly/1UBj7gF) more than 300 people packed the Carterville-based college meeting. Before the vote some attendees spoke against the plan to eliminate 38 percent of the college’s full-time instructors. Faculty member Kathleen Carl called the plan “short-sighted and ill-conceived.”

Administrators recommended the layoffs to shore up a $7 million budget gap that they say was created by the state budget impasse.

Interim college president Ron House said he wished lawmakers and the governor “were sitting at this table tonight having to make this decision.”

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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