- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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 (https://bit.ly/1BjxyfV ) 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.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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