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Governor Bruce Rauner Praises Potential U Of I Trustees

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the people he’s been talking to about serving as University of Illinois trustees are “incredible” and “extraordinary”. But he says he can’t give out their names just yet.

The terms of three U of I trustees are expiring this month. Rauner has said he wants to take the university to a new level, once the state budget dispute is settled. And he says he hopes to have an announcement soon on new trustees who can help him do that.

RAUNER: “It’s a little bit of a process getting some of these superstars. They’re busy, there’s a lot of demands on their time. But they also care about the U of I, and they have connections to the U of I. And if we can get them to be willing to serve on the Trustees, it’ll be outstanding.”

Rauner’s comments came Wednesday in Champaign, where the governor toured Franklin Middle School.

The U of I trustees whose terms are expiring are former Springfield mayor Karen Hasera, law professor and former judge Patricia Brown-Holmes and charity executive Ricardo Estrada. Estrada has said he’s not interested in another term.

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