A measure in the Illinois House would bar public universities from using public dollars to secure a graduation speaker. The measure from Republican Representatives Reginald Phillips and co-sponsored by Representative Jeanne Ives says if a public university does pay for a graduation speaker with public funds, the amount paid will be taken out the state’s operating aid by the Comptroller.
That doesn’t mean there can’t be any costly speakers for the commencement addresses. The bill would allow for private funds to pay for speakers at public universities. The measure passed out of a House committee last week.