- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Eastern Illinois University President David Glassman says the school is laying off 67 employees and says more people will lose jobs as the school wrestles with declining enrollment and financial uncertainties.

Glassman said in a news release Tuesday that another 51 open positions will not be filled.

Glassman said unspecified additional cuts will happen “very shortly.”

The jobs are civil service or administrative and professional positions rather than faculty.

The release says the cuts are intended to reduce expenses to deal with declining enrollment at the Charleston school. Enrollment fell 23.4 percent between 2010 and 2014, from 11,630 to 8,913.

But the release notes the university is also still waiting for a state budget. Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly remain locked in a stalemate about state expenses.

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