SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, introduced legislation in the Illinois House Rules Committee on Wednesday proposing to split the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.
House Bill 3389 would amend the Southern Illinois University Management Act, abolish the board of trustees and create separate boards for the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.
The legislation also proposes the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield would be associated with the Edwardsville campus, not Carbondale. The actions would take place July 1, 2014, if approved.
Hoffman pushed legislation splitting the two campuses in 2003, and Rep. Thomas Holbrook, D-Belleville, backed such legislation in 2005.
SIU President Glenn Poshard said he previously convinced legislators that the SIU campuses are healthier as a system.
Poshard said there is a lot of anger in Metro East about the lack of SIU Edwardsville representation on the board of trustees, other than the campus’ student trustee.
“I’m sure he (Hoffman) is upset,” Poshard said. “People in the Metro East have a lot of pride in that school.”
John Simmons and Ed Hightower, who were not reappointed by Gov. Pat Quinn, both have degrees from Edwardsville.