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Splitting up SIU gains momentum

2013-03-05T01:30:00Z 2013-03-05T23:41:33Z Splitting up SIU gains momentumBY KURT ERICKSON The Southern SPRINGFIELD BUREAU The Southern

SPRINGFIELD – A bid to separate the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University from the rest of the SIU system has gained at least one potential ally in the Illinois Senate.

State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said Monday that he wants to further investigate legislation filed last week that would make the Edwardsville campus of SIU, as well as the Springfield medical school and the dental college in Alton, a separate university from Carbondale.

“I think it’s a viable proposal,” Manar told reporters during a conference call.

Legislation that would separate the two campuses was filed last week by state Rep. Jay Hoffman, a Collinsville Democrat. He introduced a similar proposal 10 years ago that managed to win approval in a House committee before dying in the House without any debate.

Former state Rep. Thomas Holbrook, D-Belleville, tried again in 2005, but his legislation went nowhere.

The renewed debate over separating the campuses comes after Gov. Pat Quinn ignited a firestorm over the SIU board of trustees by attempting to replace three long-time members last week.

The Illinois Senate soundly rejected Quinn’s nominees leaving the board without enough members to meet.

Manar said he is backing a proposal that would require a governor to nominate three trustees who are graduates of the Carbondale and three trustees who are graduates of Edwardsville campuses. He also plans to file an amendment requiring the seventh appointed member of the board of trustees to be a graduate of the SIU School of Medicine.

But, he also said separating the campuses may have some potential.

“Perhaps the time has come that we should take a look at that,” Manar said.

State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, said his freshman colleague is wrong.

“I definitely am 100 percent against separation,” Forby said Monday. “I wouldn’t go for that all.”

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  1. LazySenior
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    LazySenior - March 06, 2013 8:36 am
    Why should this surprise anyone? The continuing decline and reputation of SIUC do nothing for the rest of the system. Sure, it would be disaster for the Carbondale region. Maybe we deserve it??
  2. Outspoken
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    Outspoken - March 05, 2013 9:35 am
    Do the people of Carbondale, employees of SIU, and businesses have any idea of what a split will do to one and all? This would be a regional disaster. We can thank Mr. Herrin for drawing attention to this issue. Nothing could be worse for Southern Illinois. SIU will decay to a Division I school with a very small enrollment. The state will continue to cut funding for SIU and increase funding for Edwardsville and Springfield. The only hope to advert this eventuality would have been to elect players, not opponents of the ruling party. This would never have happened if we still had the likes of Choate and Powell representing us. Bost and Leutchenfeld are powerless. Being rebellious is a foolish position. Conceal Carry pales when compared to loss of a job. However, the Edwardsville area is a progressive place to relocate.
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