Senator Iris Martinez, a Chicago Democrat, tried to pass legislation to ease the requirements enough to allow illegal immigrants to run for leadership positions such as the Board of Trustees, but Rauner says the change would have made requirements so loose that someone could live on campus for six months and be considered an Illinois resident.

Calling the latest proposal “an affront to every American citizen,” State Rep. Jeanne Ives asked, “Since when do we give voting rights to noncitizens, let alone students with only six months residency in our state?”