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90_HR0666 LRB9013627THcd 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, It is the educational and economic policy of 3 this State to move the regions and local areas and 4 institutions towards self-reliance, local initiative, and 5 control; and 6 WHEREAS, It is further the policy of this State that 7 education is locally initiated and locally controlled; and 8 WHEREAS, The former State Community College was formed as 9 an experimental college to meet East St. Louis area needs for 10 technical and college preparation for the area population of 11 District 601; and 12 WHEREAS, State Community College was abolished on July 1, 13 1996, and was replaced on that date with a new permanent 14 Class I community college district that was established by a 15 majority vote of the taxpayers of District 541; and 16 WHEREAS, The new Metropolitan Community College District 17 541, which replaced State Community College in an attempt to 18 correct its financial problems, was directed to follow John 19 Logans College computerized record keeping; and 20 WHEREAS, The new computerized plan and old written 21 records caused double entries and confusion among the 22 inexperienced bookkeepers and financial staff; and 23 WHEREAS, John Logans College could not supply its 24 computer plan for months, causing the records of Metropolitan 25 Community College to be kept manually until computer programs 26 were supplied, and the inexperienced staff of Metropolitan 27 Community College was then required to maintain accounting 28 records and transactions as well as previous transactions; 29 and 30 WHEREAS, On May 16, 1998, after one year of operation, -2- LRB9013627THcd 1 the Illinois Community College Board placed Metropolitan 2 Community College on the status of recognition with 3 conditions that a 1997 audit be completed, enrollment be 4 counted correctly, and adequate financial systems be 5 established; and 6 WHEREAS, The Illinois Community College Board appointed 7 Dr. James Howard, Deputy Director of the Illinois Community 8 College Board, to analyze and correct the financial problems 9 of State Community College and withdrew Dr. Howard upon the 10 termination of State Community College, thereby causing 11 Metropolitan Community College to inherit the uncorrected 12 financial problems of State Community College; and 13 WHEREAS, Metropolitan Community College has been 14 accredited by the North Central Accrediting Association; and 15 WHEREAS, The major universities of Illinois have been 16 approached to intervene, supervise, train staff, and correct 17 any and all faulty operations of Metropolitan Community 18 College and to recommend a plan to correct the problems of 19 staff training and operational problems of Metropolitan 20 Community College; and 21 WHEREAS, The taxpayers of District 541 have voted to 22 support Metropolitan Community College by paying taxes to 23 support its operations and educational programs as recently 24 as November, 1994. 25 WHEREAS, The Illinois Community College Board on October 26 16, 1998, voted to dissolve the Metropolitan Community 27 College District effective January 1, 1999; and 28 WHEREAS, The Illinois Community College Board, by placing 29 Metropolitan Community College on recognition with conditions 30 on May 16, 1998, and then voting to dissolve Metropolitan 31 Community College on October 16, 1998, left no time to -3- LRB9013627THcd 1 correct the conditions; and 2 WHEREAS, On May 16, 1998, the Illinois Community College 3 Board placed the Metropolitan Community College District 4 Board in oversight and assumed its day-to-day operations, 5 including the hiring and firing of all staff of Metropolitan 6 Community College; and 7 WHEREAS, The Illinois Community College Board has voted 8 to dissolve the Metropolitan Community College District 9 effective January 1, 1999, before the 1999 Session of the 10 Ninety-First General Assembly begins; and 11 WHEREAS, Legislation is currently proceeding through the 12 General Assembly, prohibiting the Illinois Community College 13 Board from dissolving Metropolitan Community College and 14 reserving that power only to the General Assembly; therefore 15 be it 16 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 17 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, That 18 there is created the Metropolitan Community College 19 Investigative Committee consisting of 2 members appointed by 20 the Speaker of the House of Representatives and 1 member 21 appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of 22 Representatives; and be it further 23 RESOLVED, That the Committee shall investigate the 24 circumstances surrounding the dissolution of the Metropolitan 25 Community College District and shall report its findings to 26 the House of Representatives by filing copies of its report 27 with the Clerk of the House of Representatives on or before 28 February 15, 1999; and that upon filing its report the 29 Committee is dissolved; and be it further 30 RESOLVED, That we urge the Illinois Community College 31 Board to withdraw its decision to dissolve the Metropolitan -4- LRB9013627THcd 1 Community College District effective January 1, 1999, pending 2 action by the Ninety-First General Assembly.
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