Rauner Taps U of I’s Phyllis Wise, Ed McMillan For “Transition Team”

 
Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner introduces members of his "transition team" in Chicago on Thursday.

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner introduces members of his "transition team" in Chicago on Thursday.

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Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner has named three higher education experts to his "transition team," a group he says will help the new administration identify problems and solutions facing the state.

Rauner tapped University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, and Trustee Ed McMillan, as well as Glenn Poshard, a former Congressman and newly retired president of Southern Illinois University.

University of Illinois spokesman Tom Hardy says membership on the transition team will be an opportunity to advocate for issues that come up again and again with the state.

"High priorities are always the state appropriations, the level of direct financial support ...regulatory reform, issues around pensions and employee benefits."

During his campaign, Rauner said he'd advocate for greater state spending on higher education, and increased MAP grants for low-income students. But he didn't provide specifics on where that revenue would come from.

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