051915 js 0211.resize2VILLA PARK- Currently, Illinois college students are paying more than double the national average to attend a public four-year university, university administrators are receiving lavish country club memberships and inflated housing and travel allowances on top of their quarter of a million dollar salaries.

To combat this problem, House Bill 3593, supported by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), was signed into law today. This new law will help reform the misuse and abuse of taxpayer dollars at public community colleges in Illinois.

“This is a step in the right direction. However, there still needs to be additional protections in place to shed some sunshine on the use state funds at public higher education institutions,” said Cullerton. “Recent events at the University of Illinois have shown the obvious need for common-sense reform to guarantee tax payer dollars are spent wisely.”

House Bill 3593 amends the Public Community College Act with a series of reforms to address the College of DuPage’s extravagant severance package given to its outgoing President Robert Brueder.

This new law includes three major reforms:

•    First off, all new severance agreements for outgoing community college employees are limited to one year 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.

Last month, Cullerton was outraged at the abuse of state dollars at the University of Illinois’ resigning Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s severance package. He believes the bonus provisions outlined in Wise’s severance packages should never have existed.

House Bill 3593 only addresses reforms at the community college level, the measure doesn’t include reforms to public universities.

“We have seen enough already. Working families should be able to rely on our state community colleges and universities to use tuition dollars to educate their children, not to dine on the taxpayer’s dime,” said Cullerton.

House Bill 3593 was signed into law on September 22, 2015 and goes into effect immediately.

 

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