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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Green Party guy wants to close SIU-Law and NIU-Law

From Wednesday's Daily Herald:

Green Party treasurer candidate suggests closing 2 law schools
A former McHenry County College trustee, now a Green Party candidate for Illinois treasurer, has proposed eliminating two of the state's three public law schools to save cash.


"We have three public law schools," Summers said Monday. "And another seven or eight private law schools and a whole bunch of unemployed lawyers and underemployed lawyers. How long can we as taxpayers continue to support this?"

That's the reason? Because the market is saturated? How does he even know that's true?

Even though they seem to be everywhere, I'm always a bit taken aback by people who want to reduce the state's investment in education. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Shouldn't we be increasing our investment in education? But I am curious to know what these law schools cost the state over and above the tuition and other funds they take in. The figure doesn't seem to be easily found.

Illinois' three public law schools are geographically scattered up and down the state: Northern Illinois University is at DeKalb, Southern Illinois University is at Carbondale, and the University of Illinois is at Urbana. The six (not seven or eight) private law schools are all in Chicago: Chicago-Kent, John Marshall, DePaul, Loyola, University of Chicago, and Northwestern.

Law schools aren't the only thing on the Green Party guy's chopping block:

Summers said he also believes in scrutinizing the number of satellite medical campuses that public universities operate across the state.


You start to get the picture that if a public institution isn't turning a profit for the state, it has no value to some people.

Posted by Marie at August 15, 2010 7:19 PM


Did this guy walk up to the wrong table at the Political Candidate Career Fair? Sounds like he was looking for the Libertarians instead.

Posted by: Pete Anderson Author Profile Page at August 16, 2010 9:40 AM

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