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Governor Pat Quinn has started making fresh appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.
That's after most members resigned in the wake of an admissions scandal.
Quinn says he wants to replace the seven trustees who've resigned in the next week and a-half.
On Wednesday, he announced two new appointments: those of Merchandise Mart CEO Chris Kennedy, and Lawrence Oliver, an attorney for the Boeing Company.
Quinn says the board's first item of business will be dealing with U of I President B. Joseph White and Urbana Campus Chancellor Richard Herman, who were key players in the scandal.
"I think they have a lot of explainin' to do", says Quinn. "But I don't want to prejudge things until the full board that I appoint has an opportunity to review this report, listen to the various individuals involved, and come to a reasoned decision."
The report issued by a state panel recommended all nine trustees step down.
Two trustees, Frances Carroll and James Montgomery, have refused... But Quinn says he's allowing them to stay on to avoid a protracted legal fight.
"You can be as legalistic as you want," explained the governor. "I do not think that having a legal battle with two trustees who refuse to resign is the central focus of our work."
Quinn says that would be a "sideshow" that could detract from the U of I's fundraising and faculty recruiting.
Trustee Montgomery congratulated Quinn for not firing him. But Quinn was criticized by others for his handling of the situation.
Illinois Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno said the situation was still unresolved because some trustees were staying on.
Quinn's Democratic primary challenger, Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes, accused the governor of failing to lead.
The governor says, in the next week or so, he plans to finish appointing replacements for trustees who've already offered to step down.
--- Additional reporting from The Associated Press
Gov. Pat Quinn will appoint a son of the late Robert F. Kennedy to the University of Illinois board of trustees.
Quinn's office confirmed Chicago businessman Christopher Kennedy's appointment in advance of a Wednesday afternoon news conference where Quinn is expected to announce more changes to the board. Christopher Kennedy is the nephew of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who died Wednesday.
It's been nearly three weeks since a state panel Quinn appointed recommended that all the trustees should go after an investigation into how clout influenced admission decisions at the school.
Seven trustees have offered to resign, but trustees James Montgomery and Frances Carroll are refusing to step down. They say they've done nothing wrong.
Watch for updates Wednesday afternoon.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn say's he'll take action Wednesday regarding two University of Illinois trustees refusing to step down. The school is embroiled in a controversy over admissions practices.
Quinn had said he wanted all U of I trustees to resign by the start of the school year. On Monday, that deadline came and went, but two trustees - Drs. James Montgomery and Frances Carroll still haven't submitted their letters of resignation.
Quinn has hinted that he'd fire the trustees if they don't step down. But both say they'll fight any attempt to remove them from the board. They say they didn't do anything wrong, regarding the admissions scandal that's engulfed the school. And they say that means the governor has no grounds to fire them. Both holdout trustees are prominent members of the African-American community, and they've gotten some high-profile backing.
Despite Quinn's threats, he won't say what his plan of action will be.
Illinois' top education and health officials have issued a "Dear Parent'' letter recommending seasonal flu vaccinations for all school children in the state. The letter also urges parents to get their kids vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus when that vaccine becomes available this fall.
It's aimed at parents of children in the state's nearly 4,000 public K-through-12 schools, plus private schools. The letter is posted online in English and Spanish, signed by state Education Superintendent Christopher Koch and Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon Arnold. They're urging schools to include it in back-to-school materials for parents.
The letter urges parents to talk to their doctors or local health department about where to obtain flu shots or nasal spray vaccines, although many schools eventually will offer them.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn says the governor may have delayed action against two University of Illinois trustees who refuse to resign but isn't backing down.
Marlena Jentz says the governor will act against James Montgomery and Frances Carroll later this week. Quinn had said he'd act yesterday Monday to resolve the conflict with Carroll and Montgomery.
The delay has led to criticism from one likely political opponent. Quinn's chief Democratic primary opponent, Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes, says the governor should have resolved the situation before classes started this week.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and Democratic gubernatorial candidate William "Doc'' Walls, meanwhile, want the governor to let Montgomery and Carroll stay.
Quinn asked all nine university trustees to step down over the school's admissions scandal. Seven have resigned.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he will accept the resignations of four University of Illinois trustees who said Tuesday they are willing to step aside. Meanwhile, though, Quinn is still waiting to hear from the panel's last two members, neither of whom appears willing to go.
Trustees James D. Montgomery and Frances G. Carroll are the only ones who haven't offered their resignations since Quinn called for trustees to step down in the wake of the school's admissions scandal.
When asked Wednesday about the trustees, Quinn said he was encouraged by the news of the latest resignations.
Quinn says he has the authority under the Illinois Constitution to remove trustees for incompetence, malfeasance or neglecting their duties and plans to act this week. But he didn't commit to doing anything about the two trustees left.
Governor Pat Quinn continues to hint that the days could be numbered for University of Illinois trustees who don't heed his request to resign. He says a decision will be made by the time school starts next week.
"I look forward to making sure our University of Illinois' good name is always protected, and I think that's paramount," said Quinn Tuesday at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. "The university had educated many, many people. They are comprised of excellent faculty and hard working students. We're proud of each and every one. We want to make sure the university's good name is not besmirched. And so it's important that the governor stand up for that principle and I will do so within the week.":
Three trustees have already resigned, including Chairman Niranjan Shah. Quinn has been urging the remaining six to quit for more than a week. So far, they haven't stepped down.
A state panel recommended all the trustees should go amid allegations that some pushed for less qualified students to be admitted to the school.
Quinn has been cagey about what he'll do if the trustees don't quit. But he said he has no doubt he has the power to remove them.
When Quinn was asked if there was a chance he wouldn't remove the remaining trustees, he answered - in his words -- not to "hold your breath.''
---Additional reporting by Illinois Public Radio
If they don't do it themselves ... Governor Pat Quinn may force out the remaining members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. There are already well over a hundred people willing to serve next.
A state panel that reviewed how clout sometimes influenced which students were admitted to the U of I called for all of the university's trustees to step down. While three trustees announced their reisignations, including Chairman Niranjan Shah, six have not. It's not only against the panel's suggestion ... but also the governor's. Pat Quinn says it would be best for the university if they willingly leave the board.
"We'll thank them for their service and then move on", said Quinn, during a signing ceremony for new ethics legislation. "So that's what they should do and that's what the people I think want them to do, and it's time for them to do it."
If they refuse, Quinn hinted he will take it upon himself to remove the remaining members.
"When problems arise, things have to be repaired, I'm there to repair them," said the governor.. And so I'm ready to go."
Quinn called for the trustees' voluntarily resignations early this month, but has not taken any action.
The Governor says approximately 140 people have filled out online applications to be on the U of I board.
The ethics legislation Governor Quinn signed on Monday includes one measure that sets ethical requirements any member of a state board or commission must meet. It also requires information about state board and commission membership and vacancies be published on a government Web site.
University of Illinois administrators are unhappy that the state budget doesn't offer much additional money for their budgets-but one is more upset over cuts to student aid.
Chancellor Richard Herman says Illinois has had one of the strongest aid programs for lower-income students through the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grant. He says funding cuts that may jeopardize some students' ability to attend college hits at one of his most treasured initiatives.
"For us to be only at the halfway point in terms of funding is deeply troublesome," Herman said. "I look at one of the things I've been able to bring about, and one of the greatest things for me is the Illinois Promise program, which gets to students with families at the poverty level. It's exactly targeted on a healthy portion of state assistance kids."
Right now the state budget provides for no money for MAP grants in the spring semester. Lawmakers may consider funding MAP for the full year during their fall veto session in two months.
The man in charge of the University of Illinois' Urbana campus says he intends to stay put as long as he's wanted. Chancellor Richard Herman's name was attached to some of the controversial admissions decisions based on inquiries from university trustees or influential politicians. Now the U of I is disowning the so-called Category I clout list and trustees have either resigned or have been asked to do so. Herman and president Joseph White also find themselves facing calls to step down. Herman told AM 580's Tom Rogers he still has the support of a broad constituency.
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