On July 20, a Senate Higher Education Subcommittee discussed excessive compensatory practices and abuses that have been occurring within public post-secondary education.
The committee heard testimony from public universities and community colleges about their “normal” benefit packages, which include housing and vehicle allowances and, in some cases, exorbitant fringe benefits.
State Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Wheaton) has strongly opposed such packages, which have allowed some administrators to make more than $250,000 as a base for their contracts. He has sponsored a series of bills to help rein in these practices in wake of the recent scandal regarding the College of DuPage’s now-removed President Robert Brueder.
The abuses at the College of DuPage are now the subject of a federal investigate probe.