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Morthland College to close

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WEST FRANKFORT -- After eight years in operation, Morthland College is shutting down, according to a release from a college spokesperson. 

This comes following a year of bad news for the school, which included federal investigations, tax liens and hefty fines.Financial problems began at the college last year when it’s access to federal aid was cut off following an internal review by the Department of Education. 

In addition, court documents obtained by News Three last May showed the school owed more than $700,000 to the IRS. At the time, college founder and President Tim Morthland said there were no financial issues within the the school. 

"We are financially sound," he said at the time.

Then, in September the Department of Education fined Morthland more than $2 million for "numerous ethical and financial issues."

And in February, the Illinois Board of Higher Education started an investigation that could have taken away the school’s ability to operate. The results of that investigation were expected at the board’s meeting early next month.

Finally, earlier this month, West Frankfort leaders decided to keep property that was previously donated to Morthland College because of problems within the school.

In a phone call, West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan said he hadn’t heard from Morthland. Jordan says he's disappointed because city officials had hoped the school would change the community for the better. 

You can view a copy of the release from Morthland College below. 

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