Bill that Requires Training for College and University Trustees Signed into Law by Governor Rauner

In response to a series of financial abuses and irresponsible decisions that occurred at the College of DuPage (COD) in recent years, appointed members of governing boards of public universities and colleges will now have to complete professional development and leadership training, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that was signed into law on Friday.

SB 2174, now known as Public Act 99-0695, requires appointed board members to show proof of taking training within two years of beginning their service and within every two years of service thereafter. The Illinois Board of Higher Education will oversee the training mandate, and topics to be covered will include:
  • public university and labor law
  • contract law
  • ethics 
  • sexual violence on campus 
  • financial oversight and accountability 
  • audits, and fiduciary responsibilities of a member of a governing board 
“College of DuPage is located in my representative district, and based upon the actions of the former COD board majority, I felt strongly that the General Assembly needed to put some requirements in place that will ensure that our public servants have a working understanding of issues related to their service,” said Breen. “These new training requirements will help protect taxpayers, students, and parents from mismanagement of the money they send to institutions of higher learning.”

SB 2174 was part of a comprehensive reform package that responded to repeated reports of abuse and misuse of taxpayer dollars at Illinois colleges and universities. “These trustees manage very large budgets and make decisions that have significant impacts on college students,” Breen said. “Making sure they have proper training in key areas of law, ethics, and finances will improve outcomes for all of our colleges, community colleges and universities.”