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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois General Assembly has approved restricting severance packages for prematurely departing community college employees to no more than a year’s pay and benefits.

The legislation now goes to the governor. It arose from the payment of $763,000 by the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn to end then-president Robert Breuder’s contract three years early. It also limits the length of contracts to three years.

Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton sponsored the legislation. It was met by derision from Democrats who claimed the GOP was reversing course on one of its strongly held beliefs – that local governments should be able to operate without interference from Springfield.

The measure was approved 73-34.