The governor’s been sent a bill to crack down on what some lawmakers call “egregious” severance packages for early-departing community college officials.

Lawmakers crafted the measure after former College of DuPage President Robert Breuder got a $763,000 payout to end his contract early. State Rep. Mike Tryon thinks it’s reasonable to rein in those types of payments.


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“We’re talking about an issue of severance agreements that are egregious to almost any taxpayer that would hear them,” Tryon said.

The measure, which applies to all community colleges, limits severance agreements to no more than one year of salary and benefits, and limits contracts to three years. Some Democrats voted against it because it eliminates an element of local control.


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