One man’s severance package may lead to a host of changes to community colleges and school boards around the state. Republican state lawmakers are crafting several bills after the College of DuPage approved a $763,000 buyout for its president, Robert Brueder. State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) says something must be done on the state level to ensure similar deals don’t occur at other community colleges in Illinois.
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“We’re shocked and saddened by the acts of a board, a renegade, rouge board that certainly acted in contravention of its taxpayers, and weren’t listening at all,” Sandack said. “The reforms that we all speak are, frankly, good government reforms.”
Sandack’s contribution is a bill punishing community colleges and school boards for making these severance agreements by reducing that entity’s state aid by the same amount being paid to the outgoing administrators.
Other measures would have broader impact, such as moving school board elections to November, shortening the terms for community college trustees, and allowing officials elected to positions in non-home rule units of government to be recalled.