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Censured PSC Board Member Loses Over $1,200 in Reimbursements

A Patch investigation reveals that a controversial political maneuver cost Prairie State College Wendell Mosby over $1,200 in travel reimbursements.

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.

Read: Prairie State Board Censures Trustee After Strategic Walk-Out

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.

Do you think it was fair for the board to remove Wendell Mosby's travel reimbursement privileges?

—Story by Christopher Paicely

Kathy December 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Works for me! You walk out like a baby, make others' presence pointless.... I want to know more about the nepotism policy.
Wags69 December 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM
This is a drop in the bucket compared to the $80,000 job (plus benefits) that the board president secured for her stepfather (a job that he did not have to compete for and does not seem to have the experience that would qualify him to fill). It seems to me that Mr. Mosby was performing a public service by publicizing this nepotism. I think the better question to ask is whether the rest of the board that supported this nepotism should be removed from their positions.
Juvenal December 30, 2012 at 07:21 PM
That FOIA response is next to useless, it is not "itemized" as that term is understood. The receipts and specific descriptions should be included...
cornell hudson January 01, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Mosby did a courageous thing to highlight the lack of transparency and accountability from the board. Selecting family members violates fairness and fiduciary responsibilities.
Charish January 02, 2013 at 08:04 AM
Mosby is a whistle blower PSC should be held accountable for it' s action.

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