Illinois Law Will Limit Payments to Ex-Presidents of Community Colleges

September 23, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican, on Tuesday signed into law legislation to limit severance packages for community college presidents to no more than one year of salary and benefits, The Chicago Tribune reported. The law also limits contracts to four years and requires public notes and public votes to approve changes. The law was prompted by widespread anger over payments that the College of DuPage, a community college outside Chicago, agreed to make to President Robert Breuder -- totaling $763,000 -- to retire in March 2016, three years early. While the DuPage board, with new members, is trying to undo that contract provision, many are calling for broader reforms.

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