The University of Illinois has had special protection for decade.
Because I used to be Manager of Employee Benefits for the Department of Central Management Services, I know that the General Assembly exempted its campus housing from paying even a dime for health coverage for those who worked there.
A hidden subsidy for students staying in student housing, pure and simple.
Then there was the bill to allow any child of a U of I employee to get free tuition.
Remember all the moaning about legislative scholarships?
Why is not one word about the tuition waivers that well-paid university professors kids receive?
But the “flagship” of the state university system says it’s having budget problems.
And, then a AP story says that university officials plan to institute centralized purchasing.
Bulk buying, some would call it.
Can anyone name a large successful corporation that hasn’t done that for decades?
The Department of Central Management Services has a section to which I was once attached where I purchased natural gas in bulk, saving $1 million a year. Good purchase for all sorts of other goods and services have been available to the University of Illinois for decades.
And, just in the most recent budget crunch, administrators have figured out that centralized purchasing saves money.
“Instead of colleges and departments ordering independently and submitting receipts for reimbursement, they can order from a central procurement portal that automatically subtracts the cost from their account. The portal system allows the university to buy supplies in bulk.”
Associate Press reporter Karen Hawkins lets the U of I get by with obvious past waste without even a mild criticism.
The story is one that demonstrates past mismanagement oh so starkly.