Governor Pat Quinn wants the Illinois Senate to take another look at his picks for who should sit on Southern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees.
In a rare move last month, State Senators profoundly rejected three individuals Quinn nominated for the board. None of the nominees received even a single “yes” vote.
At an appearance in Springfield yesterday the Governor said he was disappointed in how the Senate treated his picks — noting that two are veterans who “answered the call to duty when that came.”
QUINN “And I think the Senate needs to take another look at these excellent appointees.”
But it’s unlikely that will happen.
The Senate President’s spokeswoman confirms the chamber has no plans to reconsider its vote. She says Senators view the issue as “closed.” That could force Quinn to come up with new nominations.
The SIU appointments have exposed a political fissure between Quinn and legislators. Some Senators have complained the governor is trying to micromanage the board.
There’s also a regional issue. Legislators from the Metro East, where S-I-U’s Edwardsville campus is located, say they deserve equal representation on the board. S-I-U’s main campus is in Carbondale.
The rejected appointees are Sandra Cook of Collinsville, Lee Milner of Springfield and Dr. Melvin Terrell of Chicago.