Southern Illinois University plans Carbondale campus cuts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University has approved a financial sustainability plan that includes recommendations to close seven programs at the Carbondale campus. The Board of Trustees during its meeting Thursday in Springfield signed off on the new financial strategy that calls for $26 million in cuts, including permanent budget reductions totaling $19 million. The strategy includes about $7 million in one-time reductions intended to repay funds borrowed during the state budget crisis.