Macomb Local News

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees met yesterday in a rescheduled session to look at whether or not to approve a staff reduction authorization. The Board voted to authorize the measure which will give the University clearance to follow layoff procedures. WIU has announced that employee notices will be sent as per the University Professionals of Illinois 4100 WIU Chapter Agreement, and the last date for employees may vary and is dependent on the dates outlined in that agreement. WIU President Jack Thomas has cited an extreme lack of state funding that has pushed the University to these drastic measures, and he's said that student's academic progress will remain unaffected by these changes. WIU Board Chair Roger Clawson said that this was an extremely difficult decision for the board to make, but he also said that the alternative, not having a Western Illinois University, would be unthinkable. You can find the full statement from President Jack Thomas at