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Chicago State, Preparing for Layoffs, Tells Employees to Turn in Keys

In a dramatic sign of how Illinois’ budget crisis is affecting higher education, Chicago State University officials are telling all employees and students to turn in their keys.

The unusual request for employees to hand over their keys to campus buildings and offices by next week comes as the university, which serves mostly minority and low-income students, said it must prepare for possible widespread layoffs to begin as early as April 30.