A few days ago, four LSU administrators, all making six figures, quit their jobs rather than comply with the law. All four claim Illinois as their primary residence, and three of them worked for LSU at least part of the time from Illinois.
Who are these jokers?
Andrea Ballinger, LSU's Chief Technology Officer, makes $268,000 a year. She left Illinois State University in 2017, where she made $193,424. Apparently, LSU was so desperate to hire Ballinger that it gave her a $20,000 moving stipend.
Matthew Helm, LSU's assistant vice president in information technology services, draws a salary of $202,085.
Susan Flanagin, director in information technology services, makes $149,000.
Thomas Glenn, LSU's director of information technology services, gets paid $144,000 a year.
If I were making more than a quarter of a million dollars to work at a Louisiana university, I would damn well get a Louisiana driver's license and put a Louisiana license plate on my humble Subaru.
So why would these knuckleheads quit their jobs rather than register their cars in Louisiana? Their lame explanation: Getting Louisiana driver's licenses and registering their cars in Louisiana would violate Illinois law!
I doubt we will ever know the full story, but here is my guess: All four of these characters have some sort of financial tie to Illinois that would be jeopardized if they established legal residence in Louisiana. If so, those ties must be substantial for them to give up their high-paying gigs at LSU.
Apparently, all four former LSU employees are leaving the Pelican State and heading back to the Land of Lincoln. I say good riddance!
|Andrea Ballinger, LSU's former chief technology officer|