Quinn reviewing alleged clout move by trustee

2012-09-27T19:30:00Z 2012-09-27T19:30:45Z Quinn reviewing alleged clout move by trusteeKurt Erickson The Quad-City Times
September 27, 2012 7:30 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn is reviewing allegations that one of his appointees pressured his wife’s bosses to give her a raise.

At issue is the alleged behavior of Don Lowery, a Southern Illinois University trustee and retired judge.

Shawnee Community College President Larry Peterson and former Jackson County Sheriff Bill Kilquist told the Southern Illinoisan newspaper that Lowery pressured officials and staffers at John A. Logan Community College in Carterville to get his wife a job and later, a pay raise.

The accusations did not go unnoticed by the governor.

“We always monitor these issues and are looking into the matter,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said in an email.

It’s not clear what actions Quinn could take. Quinn appointed Lowery, a resident of Golconda, to the trustee post at SIU in 2011. The former judge was confirmed for the nonpaying position by the Illinois Senate in May 2011.

His term runs through 2015.

In 2009, the Chicago Democrat asked all members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees to resign in the wake of an admissions scandal.

Lowery could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

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