Monday, August 10, 2015

What Illinois Kept Secret

Inside Higher Ed
August 10th, 2015


As Hillary Clinton has learned the hard way, using your personal email account when doing government work doesn't make the content of those emails exempt from public records laws. The University of Illinois System announced its own email scandal Friday afternoon, admitting that some senior officials -- whom it did not name -- used private email accounts for official business and failed to turn over some of those email records in response to public records requests, as required.
While the university did not name the "certain administrative personnel" who didn't turn over their private email records, there is at least circumstantial evidence indicating that Phyllis M. Wise (at right), chancellor of the flagship campus at Urbana-Champaign, is among them. Many of the email records that were now released were either from or to the chancellor. And the announcement of the email violations came a day after Wise announced that she would be quitting her position as of next week.

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