Quinn Calls on U of I Trustees to Resign

August 7, 2009

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Governor Pat Quinn Friday called on all remaining University of Illinois trustees to resign.

That's consistent with recommendations issued Thursday by a state panel investigating an admissions scandal at the school.

Governor Quinn had been cautious in his statements about the scandal, which involves university officials giving special treatment to well-heeled students.

But now Quinn's moving quickly.

He says he wants voluntary resignations from all trustees in the "next couple of days."

QUINN: The university's interests have to be paramount here.  They have to precede any person's own interest.

The governor has the power to remove U of I trustees who refuse to step down - though he says he's hoping he won't have to.

But his time line is tight: Quinn is aiming to appoint a fresh Board before its next regularly scheduled meeting, on Sept. 11.

To that end, the Governor's office has set up a Web site where people can nominate anyone to be a U of I trustee - even themselves.