Illinois senator chosen as treasurer of school group

January 12, 2012

The Associated Press

Illinois state Sen. Ed Maloney has been selected as treasurer of the Midwest Higher Education Compact.

The group works to improve college education through cooperation and sharing resources among a dozen Midwestern states.

The Chicago Democrat is chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a former school administrator and teacher.

Maloney was previously state commissioner with the compact. He says it provided information for Illinois' state law establishing performance-based funding for higher education.

The group serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Each state has five members on the governing body made up of legislators, higher education leaders and representatives of governors.