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IG Report on IBHE Resignation Raises Doubts

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:06:09 CDT
By: IPR's Amanda Vinicky

A just-released investigation by Illinois' Inspector General's office found that the former head of the state board of higher education abused public resources and wasted state funds ... amongst other findings. When the State Board of Higher Education announced in 2012 Dr. George Reid was stepping down as its director after only 18 months ... a press release stated that it was for "personal reasons." Reid supposedly wanted more time with his family. In fact, the Office of Executive Inspector General found that he had been forced to resign, or face getting fired. Here's the inspector general's spokesman, David Morrison, who says Reid was improperly using a state vehicle at taxpayer expense.

Forcing other workers to rent a car, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. The report says that should have been reason enough to fire him -- freeing the state from any further obligations. Instead, the board gave Reid an three months’ salary - $48,000 for which he did no work.

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