Quinn Says He’ll Take Action Wednesday Against Holdout U of I Trustees
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.