New legislation could eliminate WIU board members

Authorities at Western Illinois University say a bill now moving through the Illinois General Assembly could have a significant impact on the schools board of trustees.

WIU officials tell Macomb radio station WIUM-FM that the legislation could leave the board with only two members.

The bill would force Gov. Pat Quinn to fill vacancies and expired terms on all state boards and commission within 30 days of his signature.

If he fails to do so, those serving under expired terms would be forced to leave office.

Western's Board of Trustees has two vacancies, two terms that expire next month, and two terms that expired four years ago.

WIU lobbyist Dave Steelman says the governor's office has failed so far to respond to questions about the board.