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Full Text of SB2155  99th General Assembly


Sen. Bill Cunningham

Filed: 4/5/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2155, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The Public Community College Act is amended by
6changing Section 2-15 as follows:
7    (110 ILCS 805/2-15)  (from Ch. 122, par. 102-15)
8    Sec. 2-15. Recognition. The State Board shall grant
9recognition to community colleges which maintain equipment,
10courses of study, standards of scholarship and other
11requirements set by the State Board. Application for
12recognition shall be made to the State Board. The State Board
13shall set the criteria by which the community colleges shall be
14judged and through the executive officer of the State Board
15shall arrange for an official evaluation of the community
16colleges and shall grant recognition of such community colleges



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1as may meet the required standards.
2    Recognition shall include regular peer audits of the
3finances and operations of community colleges. Every community
4college shall be subject to a peer audit every 5 years. The
5peer audit shall review compliance with all applicable State
6laws, including, but not limited to: laws regarding
7transparency; contract formation, renewal, extension, or
8termination; bonus payments; and Open Meetings Act
10    If a community college district fails to meet the
11recognition standards set by the State Board, and if the
12district, in accordance with: (a) Government Auditing
13Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United
14States, (b) auditing standards established by the American
15Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or (c) other
16applicable State and federal standards, is found by the
17district's auditor or the State Board working in cooperation
18with the district's auditor to have material deficiencies in
19the design or operation of financial control structures that
20could adversely affect the district's financial integrity and
21stability, or is found to have misused State or federal funds
22and jeopardized its participation in State or federal programs,
23the State Board may, notwithstanding any laws to the contrary,
24implement one or more of the following emergency powers:
25    (1) To direct the district to develop and implement a plan
26that addresses the budgetary, programmatic, and other relevant



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1factors contributing to the need to implement emergency
2measures. The State Board shall assist in the development and
3shall have final approval of the plan.
4    (2) To direct the district to contract for educational
5services in accordance with Section 3-40. The State Board shall
6assist in the development and shall have final approval of any
7such contractual agreements.
8    (3) To approve and require revisions of the district's
10    (4) To appoint a Financial Administrator to exercise
11oversight and control over the district's budget. The Financial
12Administrator shall serve at the pleasure of the State Board
13and may be an individual, partnership, corporation, including
14an accounting firm, or other entity determined by the State
15Board to be qualified to serve, and shall be entitled to
16compensation. Such compensation shall be provided through
17specific appropriations made to the State Board for that
18express purpose.
19    (5) To develop and implement a plan providing for the
20dissolution or reorganization of the district if in the
21judgement of the State Board the circumstances so require.
22(Source: P.A. 89-147, eff. 7-14-95.)".