SIU Board Rift Spurs Bill in State Senate
CARBONDALE, IL - An Illinois lawmaker is pushing a measure that would ensure a stricter geographic makeup of Southern Illinois University's board of trustees.
WSIU Radio reports that Sen. Bill Haine of Alton has introduced legislation that would require three trustees to be graduates of SIU in Carbondale, and three to be from the university's Edwardsville campus.
That move came days after the Illinois Senate overwhelmingly rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's appointments of replacements for three SIU board members whose terms recently expired. All of Quinn's nominees graduated from the Carbondale campus.
The rift caused a meeting scheduled for Thursday to be canceled because there were not enough board members for a quorum.
Quinn has asked the Senate to reconsider his selections.
If Haine's bill passes, it would require the reappointment of all current trustees.