Documents released by Prairie State College reveal just how hard Trustee Wendell Mosby was hit when the board stripped him of his travel reimbursement privileges earlier this month.
The board made the move after Mosby walked out of the Oct. 30 meeting just before it came time to vote on a nepotism policy he disagreed with. The walk-out removed the quorum—preventing the board from making a decision on the policy.
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Patch requested an itemized list of each travel expense reimbursement given to each sitting Prairie State College trustee between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 13, 2012. A "travel expense" is defined as transportation costs of in- or out-of-state trips, along with lodging, gas and food expenses, as applicable.
Since he was elected and sworn-in in April 2011, Mosby spent more on travel than all other sitting board members combined—spending over $1,290 on travel from May 2011 to Oct. 2012, according to the records released. The rest of the board spent about $1,203 combined during the same period.
Mosby previously said the various committees he sits on call for him to represent the college on a state and national level at several conferences. The loss of the reimbursements will not stop him from attending the conferences, he says.
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—Story by Christopher Paicely