"In one e-mail exchange, University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman forced the law school to admit an unqualified applicant backed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich while seeking a promise from the governor's go-between that five law school graduates would get jobs. The applicant, a relative of deep-pocketed Blagojevich campaign donor Kerry Peck, appears to have been pushed by Trustee Lawrence Eppley, who often carried the governor's admissions requests."
When Law School Dean Heidi Hurd balked on accepting the applicant in April 2006, Herman replied that the request came 'Straight from the G. My apologies. Larry has promised to work on jobs (5). What counts?'
Hurd replied: 'Only very high-paying jobs in law firms that are absolutely indifferent to whether the five have passed their law school classes or the Bar.'
Hurd's e-mail suggests that students getting the jobs are to be those in the 'bottom of the class.'"
I'm not really sure what to say about that. It looks like Illinois politicians aren't sure what to say, either. So far, a state commission has been convened to investigate those administrators implicated.
"I'll do my best to keep the number of Provostian admits to a minimum, and extract payment for them," Hurd wrote to her admissions staff in 2003.