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State senator questions University of Illinois mascot ruling

Someone doesn’t like the retiring of the University of Illinois team masocot.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A state senator asked Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan to determine whether the University of Illinois board of trustees broke any laws when it retired the Chief Illiniwek mascot last month.

Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, asked in particular Friday whether the board violated the Open Meetings Act by doing away with the 81-year-old American Indian mascot Feb. 16 without a vote.

“The real issue here is did the board of trustees operate in a legal and trustworthy manner,” Brady said in a news release.

Madigan spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said the attorney general’s office had received the request and will review it.

When the decision to retire Chief Illiniwek was announced, board chairman Lawrence Eppley said no vote was required but that the board had reached a consensus. Since then, at least one board member said he did not support the decision.

You’d think with Governors’ family members getting expensive birthday presents or State Secretary of States selling driver’s licenses, or other forms or rampant corruption around, Illinois politicians would have better uses for their time. Then maybe I’m the strange one. Let me know what you think.

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