Springfield, IL…. A bill addressing runaway severance agreements funded with taxpayer money has received an overwhelming stamp of approval from both chambers, passing out of the Senate unanimously on Wednesday. House Bill 303, sponsored by State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena), bans efforts by public entities in Illinois to hide severance agreements from scrutiny by the public.
“Given all that has come to light about the financial mismanagement at the college of DuPage, and other government institutions, public trust has eroded” Rep McDermed said. “Taxpayers have the absolute right to know how their money is being spent, especially when that money accompanies the departure of a government employee.”
Allowing taxpayers to obtain severance agreements under the Freedom of Information Act was formerly championed by retired Representative Kosel in response to an egregious severance payment of $700,000 to former Metra CEO Alex Clifford. Her bill died in the Senate. Representative McDermed picked up the torch and the initiative received new life when it came to light that a $763,000 severance agreement was provided to outgoing President Robert Breuder at the embattled College of DuPage.