SIU Email Response
Senator Paul Schimpf shared his thoughts this week about an email exchange between Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn, SIUE Budget Director William Winter, and Senior Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs and Board Treasurer Dr. Duane Stucky.
A screenshot of one email became public in an opinion piece in The Southern Illinoisan on Thursday, May 17. The email, which was written by President Dunn, admitted that he was using certain funding distribution figures “simply to shut up the b*tchers from Carbondale” who opposed the plan.
"I’m upset by this email and the poor judgment it demonstrates. President Dunn is a talented individual who has been an asset to the Southern Illinois University System in the past,” said Schimpf. “The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees must now assess whether he’s capable of providing leadership for the entire system as we move forward in an extremely challenging higher education environment.”
By late Thursday evening, President Dunn had issued an apology in response to The Southern Illinoisan piece.
Southern Illinois Water Woes
Water is flowing again following a water main break in Southern Illinois. Some cities in District 58 ran out of water—forcing schools and businesses to close on Thursday, May 17. It was all due to a burst 36 inch pipe at Rend Lake Conservancy District on Wednesday.
Residents in towns including Du Quoin and Mt. Vernon faced boil orders and many residents were asked to conserve water.
As of 2 a.m., Friday, May 18, workers successfully built a bypass and began pumping water into the system while the broken pipe was under repair.
Throughout the day the volume of water was gradually increased and the replacement of the broken piece of pipe completed. This repair allowed more water to be pumped into the system, however, refilling all tanks and all lines will require one or more days.
Senator Schimpf singled out local officials with praise over their handling of the crisis.
“The mayors of Mt. Vernon and Du Quoin and our county emergency management officials did a tremendous job communicating with their constituents and taking proactive steps to minimize the adverse effects from the water main break. We should all be proud of the leadership they have shown."
Schimpf Selected as BILLD Fellow
Senator Schimpf was among 38 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.
He will meet with fellow lawmakers from Illinois and 10 other Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces August 10-14 in Minneapolis, for The Council of State Governments’ 24th Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).
“The Bowhay Institute is one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation and I’m honored to be selected as a fellow,” said Schimpf. “The legislatures in the region have benefited greatly from the skills their members have gained through this unique educational experience.”
Since 1995, more than 800 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute.
Senator Schimpf was absent from the Illinois Senate on May 15 and May 16 while he dealt with a family medical emergency. By Thursday, May 17, the situation had stabilized, allowing the Senator to return to Springfield for session days on May 17 and May 18.
About State Senator Paul Schimpf
Sen. Schimpf took the Oath of Office during the Inauguration of the 100th General Assembly on Jan. 11, 2017 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Senate District 58 includes all or parts of Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington, and Union Counties and represents more than 220,000 Illinois citizens.