A local State Senator is pleased with the latest development in what has been a drama-filled couple of months with the SIU Board of Trustees. A tumultuous meeting last month was in part what prompted Alton's Bill Haine to introduce a bill that would have dismantled the remaining board. Board member Roger Herrin tried to have himself appointed as chairman, according to Haine, taking advantage of three vacancies on the board.
With the nomination of two new names, Haine believes this drama can finally come to an end, and is tabling his bill.
Controversy has surrounded the board recently, as three members with ties to Edwardsville - Edwardsville School District Superintendent Ed Hightower, Alton attorney John Simmons, and businessman Mark Hinrichs of O'Fallon - were not retained by Governor Pat Quinn in February. Quinn announced the nomination of former Illinois National Guard chief Randal Thomas and former SIUE history professor Shirley Portwood on Friday.