Higher education bills introduced in Springfield

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News from Springfield … The University of Illinois Institute for Government and Public Affairs has released the result of its study, the Fiscal Futures Project. Key findings were that while the changes to four out of the five Illinois state-funded pension systems will eliminate their unfunded liability over the next 25 years, Illinois’ deficit will increase to…

Congress hammers out budget compromise

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In Washington, D.C. … FY 2014 Bi-Partisan Budget Compromise Bill The Senate passed the bipartisan budget compromise bill that was approved by the House last week by a vote of 64 to 36, with nine Republicans joining all 55 Democrats in voting for the bill. Now, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and House Appropriations Committee Chair…

BAKER REPORT: Greetings from Springfield

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The fall veto session of the Illinois General Assembly is under way and, with it, many pending issues that will have a critical impact on NIU, public higher education in Illinois and the overall management of the state. Today I have been meeting with legislators and Gov. Pat Quinn to advocate for higher education funding for…

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