SIU Board Meeting Derails After 2 Walk Out

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An effort to elect officers on the Southern Illinois University’s governing board short-circuited when two members walked out of the panel’s meeting.

Trustee Marquita Wiley and SIU-Edwardsville student trustee David Hamilton left just before the board’s expected vote Wiley had sought to delay. The vote didn’t happen because the board didn’t have a quorum after Wiley and Hamilton left the meeting.

Wiley says the vote shouldn’t take place until Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Senate sign off on three new members to replace a trio whose term has expired. The Senate recently rejected three of Quinn’s appointments to the panel.

Other items on the agenda included discussion of tuition and fee increases for the fall semester on both the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses.

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