More local links to college scandal

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NATIONAL (WCIA) — Several people with ties to Champaign-Urbana have now been linked to the man accused of orchestrating the national college admissions scandal.

Elisabeth Meyer Kimmel is accused of paying $500,000 to get her kids into college. Thursday, she resigned from the Board of Directors at Busey. She also owns Midwest Television; the company which used to own WCIA-3.

Thursday night, it was reported Rick Singer was in Champaign several years ago to give a seminar. On his website, there’s a picture of Busey President and CEO Van Dukeman with his son and a testimonial from Dukeman stating, “One of your students does good.”

Busey says Dukeman only connected with Singer for career coaching and “the connection occurred approximately ten years prior and is not related in any way to the current Key Worldwide Foundation accusations.”

Singer’s website also has testimonial posts from the Comet family. John Comet is the CEO of the Pepsi-Cola Champaign-Urbana Bottling Company. The Comets could not be reached for comment.

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