Yesterday, WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller sat down with Chancellor Rita Cheng to discuss the state of the university. Cheng made comments about how a tuition increase would help, but not solve the budget problems at SIUC — which may mean further cuts. She says explicitly (at around the 7 minute mark) that discussions of layoffs will be starting shortly as well as more rhetoric about the bargaining going on. Her favorite words in the interview seem to be “shared sacrifice.”
You can listen to the entire podcast here on WSIU’s website.