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Report: Education board chief got $48K to leave

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 4:16 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A state investigator has found the Illinois Board of Higher Education improperly paid a former executive director $48,000 to resign in 2012.

The Executive Ethics Commission said Friday that George Reid was entitled to $16,000 of his $193,000 salary when he left after just 18 months on the job. But investigators could not pursue that issue because education board officials refused cooperation in several areas.

The commission officially determined Reid wasted taxpayer money by misusing a state-owned car.

Reid did not immediately return a message seeking comment left at his Maryland home.

Carrie Hightman was chairwoman of the board during Reid's tenure. She told The Associated Press on Friday the agreement saved the state money because Reid threatened to file a lawsuit for race or age discrimination.

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