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?

JayZ December 26, 2012 at 08:01 PM
What have I learned? Wendell does work for his family church. Applause given. We need more like that. Honey you wanna explain now how him traveling around on my dime helped? As his role if PSC Board? I'm sure he isn't the first to abuse the system...won't be the last....but I really get pissed off when folks preach to the choir about dishonesty and then we come to find they are doing the same. Its shameful.
Susan Paus December 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM
This, while important I'm sure, is just one more issue I do not have the time to really research. (& um why the "steal / steel" def. list?) I got both of your points - and again, cannot have an opinion of something I know so little about.
honey December 26, 2012 at 09:52 PM
@ Susan, true. We do not know much, however nepotism is overlooked.There's a saying "it's not what you know, but who you know" and I have an issue with that in politics. I defined stealing because Jayz said Mr. Mosby action were stealing... @Jayz- to answer your question, yes I am okay with an elected official who does what he/she was elected to do. And a huge part is getting connected to organizations and programs that will benefit the school. How can a person educate themselves by just being dictated to by a Chair who believe in nepotism to fit her need. You should be outraged that the Chair not only was seeking to hire her step father, but changed the requirements to fit his experience. Now, Jayz I believe the college hopes ignorance play a role in what has been exposed. ? How do you feel about the Trustee's that have not done any thing and voted for hire of the Chair's step father. Do you that the Chair should be removed from her role? Trustee's Responsibilities-- to get a better idea of thier role.. http://www.cccc.edu/about/trustees/responsibilities.php
Winston Wolf December 28, 2012 at 03:34 AM
This man should be removed from office!
honey December 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Read: Prairie State Board Censures Trustee After Strategic Walk-Out. PSC and the Chair will benefit from the ignorance of others who only read one article and make statement such as "This man should be removed from office". There's three type of people- A seat warmer/talker- A bobble head dummy, who go with the flow and a doer who get up,get out and make things happen. Now,that's what I see when looking at the report shown in this article, plus reading the other articles. Nepotism is still the issue...his travel wasn't until he step out the box. So,the Chair and the board members that agreed to that nonsense should be removed from office. Happy New Year!


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