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Inexcusable trustee turmoil

State Sen. Bill Haine is introducing legislation to give Gov. Pat Quinn a clean slate to start over and appoint an all-new Southern Illinois University board of trustees.

How embarrassing that it has come to this.

This is all Quinn’s fault, because he tried control who its chairman would be, then refused to back down when the Senate wouldn’t let him have his way.

Quinn should be making new appointments, but instead, his longtime ally on the board, Roger Herrin, tried an end run [last] week to grab power.

Herrin tried to get himself voted in as the permanent board chairman, even though three of the seven trustee seats are vacant. A trustee had to walk out of the meeting to stop that farce.

The Legislature throwing out the rest of the board seems extreme to us.

But Haine is right when he says that SIU needs a stable environment for leadership and that the turmoil is inexcusable.

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