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U Of I Professors Protest Gov. Rauner’s IBHE Nomination


Gov. Bruce Rauner's choice to fill the college faculty slot on the Illinois Board of Higher Education has prompted backlash from faculty at the University of Illinois. Rauner announced John Bambenek, a former Champaign Unit 4 school board member and a onetime Republican state Senate candidate, as his faculty choice in mid-April.

The News-Gazette reports that members of the Urbana campus Senate Executive Committee will draft a letter protesting the nomination to the Rauner administration.

The Faculty Advisory Council to the Illinois Board of Higher Education plans to send a memo expressing frustration over Rauner's choice to the state Senate's Executive Appointments Committee.
Professors argue that Bambenek isn't qualified for the job and that Rauner should've considered their recommendations.