Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to name four people to serve on the board of Chicago State University. One of them, Julie Samuels, ran for Lt. Gov. as a Green in 2006 and is currently the vice president of the state party. The Chicago Tribune says that the Green Party is “a group Quinn undoubtedly would like to tap as he runs in 2010 for the state’s top job.” The ambiguous wording of this phrase and meaning of the appointment could be a combination of good and bad for the party – this is a sign of the state party’s growing legitimacy in the political arena, but could also be a way for Governor Quinn to keep them out of his (and other Democrats’) way in his bid for re-election.
Either way, hopefully the new board members, including the Green, will help to raise the school’s very low graduation rates and improve the quality of education there.