SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State University’s seven-member board of trustees could grow to nine under a proposal pending in the Illinois Senate.

State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, who introduced the bill May 3, said the university would benefit from a larger board by having additional movers and shakers out raising money for the Normal-based institution at a time of dwindling state aid.

The push comes as the 20,300-student university is waiting on Gov. Pat Quinn to fill the expired term of Joanne Maitland, the longest-tenured trustee and wife of Brady’s political mentor, former state Sen. John Maitland of Bloomington.

Although Brady is hopeful Quinn reappoints Joanne Maitland to the board, he said he isn’t pushing the expansion as a result of it.

He said nine-member boards are already in place at the University of Illinois and at Northeastern Illinois University.

The legislation is Senate Bill 15.

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