Quinn Backs Down: Governor Won’t Fire U. of I. Trustees Who Refused to Resign

Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) defended his decision Wednesday not to oust James Montgomery and Frances Carroll, two University of Illinois trustees who refused to resign amidst  misconduct allegations stemming from an admissions scandal. According to The Chicago Tribune, Quinn did not want to expose the state to a protracted legal battle the two trustees had vowed to pursue.  Quinn named two new trustees Wednesday as he sought to get beyond a months-long investigation into admissions abuses at the state school, a crisis he described as “the worst university scandal we have ever had in the state of Illinois.”

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