Roberts v. Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 508

Illinois Supreme Court
Civil Court
Whistleblower Act
Case Number: 
2019 IL 123594
Decision Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019
1st Dist.
Cook Co.
Appellate court affirmed in part and reversed in part; circuit court affirmed; remanded.

Plaintiff filed suit alleging retaliatory discharge and violation of the Whistleblower Act after his termination as director of medical programs at college. Plaintiff failed to allege sufficient facts to plead that his discharge undermined a public policy that institutions must provide students the ability to obtain the benefits of education through financial help of federal and state-funded programs.  Thus, Plaintiff's claim for retaliatory discharge was properly dismissed. Plaintiff failed to sufficiently plead that appointment of instructors violated a statute, rule, or regulation, as required by section 20 of Whistleblower Act, and thus his claim under that Act was properly dismissed. (THOMAS, KILBRIDE, GARMAN, BURKE, and THEIS, concurring.)