State News
7:13 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Quinn calls for IL Senate to rethink SIU board nominees

Governor Pat Quinn wants the Illinois Senate to take another look at his picks for who should sit on Southern Illinois University's Board of Trustees. In a rare move last month, state senators profoundly rejected three individuals Quinn nominated for the board.  None of the nominees received even a single "yes" vote.

At an appearance in Springfield Tuesday the Governor said he was disappointed in how the Senate treated his picks.

"And I think the Senate needs to take another look at these excellent appointees," says Quinn.

But it's unlikely that will happen. The Senate President's spokeswoman confirms the chamber has no plans to reconsider its vote.  She says Senators view the issue as "closed."

That could force Quinn to come up with new nominations.The SIU appointments have exposed a political fissure between Quinn and legislators.  Some Senators have complained the governor is trying to micro-manage the board.

   There's also a regional issue.  Legislators from the Metro East, where S-I-U's Edwardsville campus is located, say they deserve equal representation on the board.  S-I-U's main campus is in Carbondale. 

The rejected appointees are Sandra Cook of Collinsville, Lee Milner of Springfield and Dr. Melvin Terrell of Chicago.