See update here: https://blnnews.com/2017/01/13/more-on-isu-and-rc-mcbride/
By: Diane Benjamin
I filed the following Freedom of Information request with ISU – their answer is included.
They included the obligatory you have to right to contact the Attorney General . . .:
Since we all know asking Lisa Madigan to do her job is a complete waste of time, court is the only option.
Back to the beginning:
RC McBride became the permanent General Manager of WGLT as of 1/1/17. He had been the interim GM. http://wglt.org/people/rc-mcbride
This is a summary of ISU hiring policies:
Illinois State University is required to include an equal opportunity employment tagline in all job postings, advertisements, calls for application, vacancy notices, etc. Below, please find the minimum required tagline which MUST be included in all job postings, advertisements, calls for application, vacancy notices, etc. Hiring authorities may, at their option, choose to use one of the alternative taglines instead.
ISU admitted in their response to my FOIA request that no National Search had been done, in other words – the job opening was not posted. Of course I knew that when the FOIA was filed, or I wouldn’t have filed it. It’s always easier to know if I’m being told the truth when I already know what the truth is.
But, ISU denied my request for the waiver. The only way to legally hire at ISU without posting a job is with a waiver. The WAIVER is a public document required to support why a job wasn’t posted. Saying it is exempt from FOIA is beyond ludicrous!
The acceptable reasons for a waiver and the actual form can be seen HERE
The Waiver is described as follows: Page 4 http://equalopportunity.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/Faculty%20Search%20Process%20FAQ%20-%20FINAL.pdf
So, what were the exceptional circumstances? Anyone? Anyone?
See this note from the ISU website: http://hr.illinoisstate.edu/managers/hiring/administrative/
We do know:
- the job wasn’t posted
- a waiver probably doesn’t exist
- It looks like President Dietz was required to approve the hiring
I sent ISU this email yesterday at 4:49pm:
I wonder if they would prefer explain to me, a judge, or both of us how McBride’s hiring was legal.
I’ve heard stories for years about Veterans being unable to even get an interview with ISU. Rumor is you have to know somebody to get a job there. It’s hard to dispute since it looks like that’s how McBride got his job.