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U. of Illinois president to get extension

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Associated Press

University of Illinois trustees are expected to extend university President Robert Easter's contract by a year.

Trustees will meet Thursday in Chicago to sign off on a deal that would keep Easter as president through June 2015.

The new deal will also make the 65-year-old eligible for performance bonuses.

The popular Easter was named president in March 2012 and expressed his intent to serve only until June 2014. He is paid $450,000 a year.

The size of potential bonuses isn't spelled out in documents detailing the contract extension.

Easter replaced Michael Hogan who resigned under pressure from faculty unhappy over his plans for the university.

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