Cullerton praises House for backing community college compensation reforms
State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-IL) praised the House on Thursday for passing legislation to address the abuse and waste of taxpayer money at the hands of state community colleges.
“The hardworking families of Illinois have waited long enough, Cullerton said. "This measure will move us one step closer to putting an end to community college administrators collecting hefty severance packages for disappointing performances."
The measure, House Bill 3593, seeks to reform excessive executive compensation at state universities and community colleges.
Major reforms include limiting all new severance agreements for outgoing community college employees to one year, requiring public notice for any new or amended contracts entered into with employees and prohibiting boards to enter into contracts with automatic renewals or extensions.
“It is undeniable that the abuse of taxpayer dollars is unacceptable," Cullerton said. "I commend the bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate to look at the way state institutions use valuable state dollars.
“We will continue to actively examine misuses and abuses revealed at the College of DuPage and other community colleges throughout the state to ensure valuable tax dollars are spent effectively and responsibly,” Cullerton said.
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