Northeastern Illinois University’s commencement this afternoon is capping off a stormy year. Earlier this spring, the school had put faculty and staff on reduced hours -- and reduced pay -- because of the state budget impasse.
A stopgap funding bill last month allowed Northeastern to suspend the pay reductions. But-- at least officially-- that’s only temporary. University President Sharon Hahs says she hopes she’ll be able to keep everyone on full-time, just with careful budgeting. However, she has formally told faculty and staff that the cuts would come back in July. In a normal year, the university would’ve gotten about three times as much money as Springfield has provided this year.