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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chicago news conference - The University of Illinois faces a lawsuit from corruption fighter Andy Martin if Trustees hand over cash to disgraced Chancellor Phyllis Wise

National corruption fighter Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Tuesday, August 11th to announce he has notified the University of Illinois Board of Trustees that the school faces a lawsuit if trustees approve payments to disgraced Chancellor Phyllis Wise. “The University of Illinois and other Illinois institutions are virtual cash machines for corrupt employees who violate the law and walk away financially rewarded for their criminality,” Andy says. “Disgraced Chancellor Phyllis Wise should be discharged with no benefits for conspiring to violate Illinois’ freedom of information laws. It is time for Illinois officials to stop shoveling cash to cooked employees. If the payments are approved I will lobby the legislature to completely cut off the University from any further state appropriations. A state in financial crisis should not be rewarding common crooks just because they are on a university’s payroll.” Andy’s letter to the Board follows below.

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Attention Chicago daybook/assignment editors

Announcement of Chicago news conference Tuesday August 11th

University of Illinois faces lawsuit if Trustees approve payments to disgraced Chancellor Phyllis Wise

Corruption fighter Andy Martin says it is time for the Board of Trustees to show backbone and derail the university’s gravy train for corrupt employees

It is time for a “state which is in a financial crisis to stop shoveling cash to crooked staff members,” Andy says

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(Chicago) (August 11, 2015) Andy Martin’s letter to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and President Timothy Kileen follows:

August 10, 2015

Edward L. McMillan
University of Illinois
  Board of Trustees
352 Henry Admin. Bldg.
Urbana, IL 61801

With copy to:

Timothy L. Kileen
University of Illinois
364 Administration Bldg.
Urbana, IL 61801

Re: Phyllis Wise bonus payment and other payments

     Notice of Intent to Sue

Dear Chairman McMillan:

In my family we have three (3) degrees from the University of Illinois. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be an Illinois graduate. I consider it a great honor to have received two degrees from the U of I (my mother got the third). But I am deeply distressed and embarrassed by the weak-kneed behavior of President Kileen and the University’s weak-kneed lawyers who are handing out cash to reward corrupt employees such as Phyllis Wise.

I am writing to respectfully request that the Board of Trustees deny Phyllis Wise any “bonus” for her corrupted years of service to the University and that the Board consider suing Wise for breach of trust and breach of contract, thereby seeking to negate her faculty appointment and sabbatical. There is a reasonable basis to assume that a court would find that Wise breached her fiduciary duty to the University, and thereby breached her contract, allowing the University to terminate her contract without further payments.

1. General legal principles

Generally, the law favors the settlement of contested legal disputes. Where a bona fide dispute arises, parties are encouraged to settle. But where is the bona fide dispute in Wise’s case? Did someone else order her to break the law? What, apart from published reports, are the facts? Is a cover-up to protect others in progress? The public has a right to know why the University is rewarding Wise for corrupt behavior and breach of trust. Was there any justification for her to violate the law? There do not appear to be any mitigating circumstances. She willfully, maliciously and wantonly corrupted the University’s processes to violate freedom of information laws.

Amazingly, Wise is supposed to get a bonus while Illinois taxpayers are paying a law firm to investigate Wise’s misconduct. What is wrong with this picture?

Government and academe are held in low estate in Illinois. It seems like almost a daily occurrence when some educational institution is paying off some corrupt employee. Some day, somewhere, someone has to draw the line. I urge you to draw the line with Phyllis Wise. Enough!

Where is the incentive for employees to obey the law when the “punishment” for violating and corrupting the law is a cash bonus, a year’s paid vacation and a cushy job on return? What message does this settlement send to other potential violators?

In sum and substance there is no bona fide dispute to settle. Wise is a crook and faithless fiduciary. Wise broke the law, she should be fired for cause and the Board should send a stern message to other potential miscreants.

2. Scienter or intent

If Wise had made a simple mistake, no one would be calling for her to pay a price. But there are 1,100 pages of corrupt emails that she and others acting in concert with her orchestrated to break state laws.

3. Why is the University paying off a corrupt employee?

Normally, a corrupt employee should be fired. Period. Why is the University paying off Wise? Does she have more dirt to dish on other employees? If the facts are as they appear to be, Wise should be discharged for cause, not rewarded with a large payment, vacation and job.

4. Is this what we can expect from President Kileen?

President Kileen is off to a bad start. In 1981 when air traffic controllers went on an illegal strike, President Ronald Reagan fired them. There were no more strikes by federal employees. President Kileen is starting out his presidency in a very bad way, by paying Wise hush money to go away and by whitewashing her abuse of state laws and the public trust.

If Killeen is a marshmallow, that is all the more reason for the Board to send Killeen a strong, stern message and stiffen his back: no more buyouts of crooked employees.

5. Preparations for a lawsuit

While in the first instance the board votes on this smelly deal, if the board votes to reward Wise instead of discharging her I will be (a) filing a public interest lawsuit against the University to suspend the payment and to terminate her contract and (2) lobbying in Springfield to end all state support for the University. There is no reason why hard-pressed state taxpayers should be sending their hard-earned dollars to the U of I to pay lavish salaries to corrupt University administrators. It is time for the gravy train to end.

Please feel to contact me if you have any questions. I am in Chicago until Wednesday working on another Illinois corruption case. I hope a lawsuit will not be necessary and that Wise will be discharged for cause this week or soon thereafter.

Sincerely yours,

Andy Martin

August 11 Chicago news conference details:


National and Illinois corruption fighter Andy Martin


Andy Martin says he will file suit to block payments, professorship to disgraced Chancellor Phyllis Wise


Sidewalk news conference, SE corner of Huron and Wabash Streets, Chicago (weather permitting; otherwise indoors)


Tuesday, August 11, 2015; 11:30 A.M.

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