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Who Says Illinois is Broke? Big Stipends for Leftwing Guest Speakers at Illinois Universities

Sun-Times 25 April 2017 One Comment

The $30,000 fee Northeastern Illinois University was going to pay former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was just the latest in a series of big fees the financially troubled state school has paid to snag prominent graduation speakers, records show.

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Despite its money troubles — a Wall Street credit agency just dropped Northeastern deeper into “junk-bond” status — the state university has handed out five-figure fees to each of the speakers at its May commencement events the past four years.


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  • Now you see it... said:

    Since Valerie Jarrett claims to be a Chicagoan, how is that her commencement speech contract included a sizable sum of money for travel expenses? Isn’t Northeastern Illinois University based in her hometown?

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