In September 2016, trustees at Chicago State University sent away then-President Thomas Calhoun Jr. with a nudge and a fat envelope. Not even nine months on the job, Calhoun stepped down without explanation — but with a $600,000 severance package.The university was in crisis, both financially and academically. A lack of state funding led to faculty and staff layoffs and program cuts. The university’s accreditation agency issued sanctions. Graduation rates fell to around 11 percent. And the freshmen class dropped to 86 students.But the board managed to scrape together a nifty parting gift for the outgoing president.Similar story at Northern Illinois University, where then-President Doug Baker resigned in 2017 with a severance package worth more than $600,000. He left amid allegations of improper hiring and spending after just four years on the job.The University of Illinois negotiated a $400,000 payout to outgoing Chancellor Phyllis Wise in 2015. She resigned after an … [Read more...] about Limiting golden parachutes in Illinois
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CAIRO, Ill. — There are not as many pickup basketball games these days. Not as many kids dribbling in the street after school. Not anymore, at least. Not since the town's two biggest public housing complexes closed a year ago.Except some afternoons still have a slow pulse, like on this Thursday in early April, with a handful of kids skipping around a skinny block on Cairo's northern end. In an hour or so, they would all be called in for dinner and leave skateboards and scooters and bicycles scattered on the sidewalk. The street would then fall quiet again, like the ones next to it and the ones across town and the ones weaving through the Elmwood and McBride housing complexes, where about 400 people used to live and now only a few dozen families remain.But first there was an important game of one-on-one basketball to play, as two little boys bounded toward baskets on each side of the block, focusing hard to keep the ball from striking the uneven pavement and bouncing out of … [Read more...] about Ben Carson called this Illinois town a ‘dying community.’ Its people, and basketball, are hanging on.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday distanced himself from police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s controversial move to declare the police shooting of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones justified, while also praising Johnson’s work on Police Department reform efforts.Emanuel was appearing at a West Side park to talk about spring street sweeping when he was asked whether he sides with Johnson in saying Officer Robert Rialmo followed proper procedure in the fatal 2015 shootings of LeGrier and Jones. The mayor suggested to reporters that Johnson still could get overruled by the Police Board.“The process is working out exactly like it’s supposed to,” Emanuel said. “They made their suggestion, the superintendent makes his. As you know, that’s not the end of the process. I think saying anything more while it’s going through — we’ve made a clear point about independence of this effort. I will say this in general: I think the superintendent … [Read more...] about Emanuel says Johnson decision on Rialmo is ‘not the end of the process’
When Justice John Paul Stevens stepped down from the U.S. Supreme Court last year, it marked the first time in 12 years that there have been at least three retired justices.And going back to 1994, when Justice Harry A. Blackmun retired, there began a period of a little more than a year when five ex-justices were still puttering around—former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, and former Justices Lewis F. Powell Jr., William J. Brennan Jr. and Byron R. White.But with a few exceptions, those justices were largely out of the spotlight in retirement.For the three current ex-justices, retirement has seen little in the way of shuffleboard, Mahjong or Caribbean cruises. Instead, Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, David H. Souter and Stevens have been rewriting the book on retirement pursuits and expectations.“Until now there wasn’t much post-judicial behavior” for retired justices, says Linda Greenhouse, who covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times for some 30 … [Read more...] about Second Lives: For These Former Justices, Retirement Is No Day at the Beach
When a debtor files a Chapter 11 case at the 11th hour in order to obtain a stay of pending foreclosure actions, receivership proceedings or other non-judicial creditor debt-enforcement action, it may appear that creditors will be forced to pursue their claims in bankruptcy court no matter how inconvenient that may be. However, creditors may have an option to pursue their rights and remedies outside the bankruptcy court through a motion for abstention. Under Section 305 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy court may dismiss a case or suspend all hearings in the bankruptcy case when the interests of the debtor and creditors would be better served. This means that if a debtor has filed for bankruptcy seemingly to harass and delay creditors, creditors may file a motion for abstention and have the debtor's bankruptcy case dismissed, so that the creditors' rights may instead be determined in an alternative forum, such as an ongoing state court proceeding.A bankruptcy court … [Read more...] about Abstention as an Alternative: Bankruptcy Court Is Not Always the Best Place to Be