BENTON, IL - Questions are being raised about whether a retired federal judge can serve as a member of the Southern Illinois University's (SIU) board of trustees.
Judge Phil Gilberts, 66, who retired from his federal judgeship in March 2014 and was nominated by Gov. Rauner to serve as a trustee of SIU, says there's no problem serving on the board while continuing to hear federal cases and receiving an annuity equal to an active federal judge's salary.
"I continue to work here in this district to help with the case load, but I'm not sure people understand that I'm working for free," the judge said Thursday.
However, while hearing cases, the judge receives an annuity that is equal to full pay.
Therein lies the rub. The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustee's charter says in Section 4 that anyone employed by the state or federal government is banned from serving on the board.
"I expected some questions on this," Gilbert told Illinois Review.