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U of I president to face clout panel scrutiny today

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[July 27, 2009]  URBANA (AP) -- University of Illinois President B. Joseph White is scheduled to appear before a state panel examining the influence of political connections on admissions at the school.

InsuranceAfter having several meetings in Chicago, the Illinois Admissions Review Commission will meet Monday morning in Urbana.

White has defended the university's so-called Category I list as a way to track inquiries from politicians and others about students applying to the university.

He's also said admissions officials shouldn't be pressured to admit students. News reports and documents released by the university show that's what has happened the past few years.

Also scheduled to appear are former university Presidents Stanley Ikenberry and James Stukel.

[Associated Press]

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