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Tom Cullerton supports U of I action on resigning chancellor

uofiVILLA PARK- The University of Illinois’ board of trustees voted not to award a $400,000 bonus to resigning Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise, after she was caught sneaking around university rules.

“I’m glad the university trustees chose to side with taxpayers. The board’s actions show they are willing to take a step in the right direction, but the bonus provisions should have never existed in the first place. It leaves us with a lot of questions as the Senate ponders the nominations of the university trustees,” said State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park). “State-funded universities and community college administrators should not be rewarded for breaking the rules.”

Wise announced her resignation last week, the day before the University of Illinois disclosed that she had been using her personal email account to hide discussions of university business.

“Taxpayers should have access to the decisions made with their tax dollars,” said Cullerton. “We need to find ways to stop these abuses and promote open and honest communication between our state’s community colleges and universities and the public.”

Cullerton agrees this occurrence renews the urgency to pass meaningful reforms to end the misuse and abuse of taxpayer dollars. He believes in working towards making college affordable for students, not continuing to promote a culture of overpaid administrators.

“Providing an affordable education to our students will contribute to increased economic opportunity, higher employment rates and stability for our families,” said Cullerton. “We need to pass meaningful reform to ensure working families aren’t sacrificing opportunities or their financial health to pay inflated administrative benefits and severance packages.”

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