TCwebsitepicture4.17.15VILLA PARK — Today, the House ultimately took action on key legislation to address the abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars at our state’s community colleges.  

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) commends the House for taking bipartisan action to address the misuse of public money.

“The hardworking families of Illinois have waited long enough. This measure will move us one step closer to putting an end to community college administrators collecting hefty severance packages for disappointing performances,” Cullerton said.

This passage of House Bill 3593 is the first step in reforming extensive executive compensation at state universities and community colleges. Cullerton will be actively participating in the Senate’s subcommittee on executive compensation.

“It is undeniable that the abuse of taxpayer dollars is unacceptable. I commend the bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate to look at the way state institutions use valuable state dollars,” Cullerton said.

House Bill 3593 includes three major reforms:

•    First, all new severance agreements for outgoing community college employees are limited to one year’s salary and benefits.

•    Secondly, public notice is required for any new or amended contracts entered into with employees.

•    Thirdly, this legislation no longer allows boards to enter into contracts with automatic renewals or extensions. All contracts must have start and end dates that cannot exceed four years. Under this legislation, contract extensions and renewals would be granted during open board meetings.

“We will continue to actively examine misuses and abuses revealed at the College of DuPage and other community colleges throughout the state to ensure valuable tax dollars are spent effectively and responsibly,” Cullerton said.

House Bill 3593 has passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support.   

 

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