More details revealed regarding admissions for politically connected applicants at University of Illinois
Straight from the G. My apologies. Larry (Eppley) has promised to work on jobs (5). What counts?”— University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman to Law School Dean Heidi Hurd
The documents show for the first time efforts to seek favors -- in this case, jobs -- for admissions, the most troubling evidence yet of how Illinois' entrenched system of patronage crept into the state's most prestigious public university.
They also detail the law school's system for handling "Special Admits," students backed by the politically connected, expanding the scope of a scandal prompted by a Chicago Tribune investigation.
Newly released documents show University of Illinois administrators negotiating with powerful figures seeking to influence admission to the Urbana campus.
The 123 pages of e-mail messages were released Thursday after a four-hour board of trustees meeting was held behind closed doors. They were in response to Freedom of Information requests from The News-Gazette and the Chicago Tribune. Radio station WDWS also received the documents.
More than a hundred emails sent to university leaders are being questioned. They show political connections paying off in acceptance letters. Trustees were called into an emergency meeting Thursday. It was behind closed doors so they can't comment on the specifics, but I was given copies of the emails. They show cases of people offering favors in exchange for unqualified students landing spots on campus.