SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) –
When we exposed Northern Illinois University for paying the legal fees of employees that plead guilty to crimes committed while they were employed and working at NIU, we had no idea that an Illinois Senator was listening and would take the steps to present a Bill to the Senate making sure that this could never happen again.
SB1102: Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the State Employee Indemnification Act and the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Prohibits the State and local public entities from providing representation for or indemnifying any State or local employee in any criminal proceeding arising out of that employee’s employment with the State or local public entity.
SB1145: Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends various Acts relating to the governance of public universities in Illinois. Prohibits the governing board of each public university from knowingly entering into an indemnification agreement with an employee or former employee of the university beyond what is provided for in the State Employee Indemnification Act. Effective immediately.
Thank you Senator Connelly for sponsoring legislation to prohibit local units of government such as NIU from entering into indemnification agreements whereby taxpayers are forced to pay the legal fees for state employees who are found guilty or who plead guilty to criminal acts.