I am being laid off today from a job I have had over 8 years at an institution where I have gotten 2 degrees. Not because of poor work performance but because our state government has not passed a state budget in over 222 days. 198 people will lose their jobs today. We lost 62 in the fall. People have left to work other places because of our situation. We have not received $40,000,000 in state appropriations. We have paid students MAP grants so that they may still attend college, in hopes that the state would pass a budget and we could continue on. I am not a faceless statistic. I am #forevereiu. Dear State of Illinois, please #fundeiu.