From State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
U of I student trustees may be illegal aliens
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Allen Skillicorn (Crystal Lake-R) strongly opposes the Democratic Politicians in Illinois who want to give illegal aliens full voting rights as trustees on the University of Illinois board.
Senate Bill 172 came about because a potential student trustee was an “undocumented immigrant” and was ineligible to become a trustee because he or she could not meet all three proofs of residency.
So let’s see if I have this right. Out of almost 86,000 students attending one of the three University of Illinois institutions, 3 student trustees couldn’t be found that could show proof of three criteria: Illinois residency for at least the previous six months; a current, valid Illinois driver’s license; and a valid Illinois voter registration? Maybe there exists an even greater problem regarding the composition of the U of I student body than I had thought.
I don’t find it unreasonable to require that a State University system funded by taxpayers have as student trustees, people that actually are legal Illinois residents. Also, doesn’t a legally binding vote cast by a person with an “illegal” status present a bit of a conundrum?
If we go forward with granting the full fiduciary responsibility of voting as a trustee on the board of a State University without proof of citizenship, the next logical step for the State could be to grant voting rights to all illegals.
Why are the citizens of Illinois treated with such disregard? They are already forced to pay for the public education of illegal persons with their hard earned tax dollars. Now voting on the budget and spending of those tax dollars would be freely offered up to a person who may not even be a citizen of the state or our nation.
SB172 could be up for a formal vote in the State House this week or next. This bad idea has already passed the State Senate with both Republicans and Democrats voting yes. Here’s a list of the Senators who voted for this morass: