Illinois Admissions Review Commission releases final report

A panel investigating the role that clout played in University of Illinois admissions recommended in its final report Thursday that all trustees voluntarily submit their resignations and let Gov.

Quinn decide which ones to accept.

In a scathing 45-page report, the Illinois Admissions Review Commission found unqualified students were admitted because of political connections, and recommended that any new trustees conduct a review of the university's president, Urbana-Champaign campus chancellor Richard Herman, and other administrators.

(Chancellor Richard) Herman was a major participant from the highest level of the administration ... all he had to say is, 'We're stopping this,' and that would have been the end of it.”

— Commissioner Bernard Judge

The Illinois Admissions Review Commission panel recommended Thursday in its final report that all trustees should submit resignations. Gov. Pat Quinn will then choose which members of the Board of Trustees to accept.

The Commission recommended that new board members conduct a review of the University's president, the chancellor of the Champaign campus and other university administrators.

All the trustees at the University of Illinois should submit their resignations to Governor Pat Quinn. That's the recommendation from the state commission investigating how clout influenced admissions at the university.

Two of the trustees already stepped down a few days ago, and, after the Admissions Review Commission released its report and recommendations on Thursday afternoon, another trustee quit.

After an eight-week investigation found that the state's culture of political dealmaking seeped into the admissions process at the University of Illinois, a state panel called Thursday for resignations and reforms to move the school past the embarrassing scandal.

To start, the Illinois Admissions Review Commission urged the university's trustees to resign and had harsh words for the top administrators -- President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman -- for acting unethically by enabling an admissions process that allowed subpar students sponsored by powerful people to get into the state's most prestigious public campus.