Illinois Prepares for Furloughs

Facing budget cuts, school will enforce furloughs in spring.

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It seems like a never-ending story: "[Insert name of university here] is making budget cuts." Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any end in sight for that trend, and the University of Illinois is the latest major institution to make cuts.

Illinois expects to implement furloughs for faculty and staff some time in the spring, the Daily Illini reports. The mandatory unpaid breaks from work are just part of the solution for the university's economic distress, the report says.

"I think there's a likelihood of furloughs," Illinois Vice Provost Richard Wheeler tells the Illini. "We are in a situation where that's one of several cost-saving measures that will probably have to [be voted on]. . . . The reason furloughs are under discussion is because they are a short-term, cash-flow, partial solution to a very big problem. But beyond that, the reason furloughs are under discussion is because they are a more humane option than firing people."

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