Kennedy thinks McMillan will be new U of I trustees chairman

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Outgoing University of Illinois trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy believes current trustee Edward McMillan will be his replacement. The university’s board of trustees is expected to vote Thursday on a new chairman. The trustees oversee the university’s three campuses. Kennedy plans to step down when his term ends on Monday. He told The News-Gazette that other trustees appear to all support McMillan. McMillan has been a trustee since 2009. He is a former president and CEO of Purina Mills Inc. and is from Greenville, about 40 miles east of St. Louis. Kennedy is a Democrat and announced plans to step down assuming that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would not reappoint him. McMillan is a Republican. Rauner will have to name replacements for Kennedy and another retiring trustee, Pam Strobel.