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John G. Peters
NIU President John G. Peters emailed this important message to faculty, staff and annuitants earlier today. Dear Colleagues, Friday afternoon Governor Quinn outlined the framework of his plan to resolve the state’s pension funding crisis. Briefly, the Governor’s proposal provides for 100% funding for pension systems by 2042 by making the following changes to the...
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In Springfield … Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn released his plan for cutting the FY2013 Illinois Medicaid program by approximately $2.7 billion, the level of reductions he believes are needed to stabilize the Medicaid system in Illinois and prevent its collapse. There are three components to the governor’s plan: $2 billion (75 percent) reductions, a $1...
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Students from Illinois community colleges and universities convened in Springfield this week to urge members of the General Assembly to invest in their futures through support for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants. On Thursday, April 19, Gov. Pat Quinn told several hundred students gathered at the Lincoln statue on the Capitol grounds that “ …...
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In Springfield … The Illinois primary elections were held Tuesday, March 20. The elections results can be found on the Illinois Board of Elections website. The Illinois General Assembly was in session Wednesday through Friday of last week. Members of the House of Representatives approved HB 3810 (vote: 95 yes, 25 no, 2 present), introduced by...
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In Springfield … The Illinois General Assembly faces some upcoming deadlines on when substantive bills must be out of their chamber of origin, so last week was very busy and this week promises to be even more hectic. Last week, House Bill 5531, sponsored by Rep. Luis Arroyo, was passed out of the House Executive...
Tanya Cabrera
NIU alumna Tanya Cabrera will speak during a public forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m Thursday, March 1, in the Heritage Room at the Holmes Student Center. Hosted by the Latino Resource Center, Cabrera will discuss the Illinois DREAM Act, established to allow undocumented students to receive scholarship money that is funded entirely by...
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Northern Illinois University’s updated State Pension & Budget Update website debuts Feb. 22 in conjunction with Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget address. The governor’s address traditionally begins the budget process in the State of Illinois. The updated website includes a link to view or listen to the governor’s budget speech, pension reform information and updates as...
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In Springfield … This will be a very busy week in Springfield. Gov. Pat Quinn will give his Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Message at noon Wednesday, Feb. 22. You will recall that in his Feb. 1 State of the State message, he talked about his desire to eliminate a tax on natural cost (at an...
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Northern Illinois University graduate Tanya Cabrera, one of seven appointees to the Illinois DREAM Fund Commission, recently visited with NIU faculty, students and staff to share goals and initiatives of the commission. Appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn, Cabrera and her colleagues will oversee a privately funded scholarship program designed to help undocumented students pay for...
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In Springfield … On January 30, 2012, the Institute for Illinois’ Financial Sustainability at the Civic Federation issued a report, “State of Illinois FY2013 Budget Roadmap: State of Illinois Budget Overview, Projections and Recommendations for the Governor and General Assembly.” The report states that, “given rising Medicaid and pension costs and the scheduled partial sunset of...
On a personal note … I would like welcome Zachary Jordan, a senior at NIU majoring in political science and philosophy, who is interning with our Government Relations Office this spring and will be helping with this column and our legislative updates. Zach has been in the NIU Honors Program for three years, in the...
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Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus. This should prove to be a very interesting year at both the state and federal levels. In Washington, D.C. … Congress has been on holiday recess since mid-December, returning to session this week. Congress did approve the remaining FY2012 appropriations bills Dec. 15, 2011, which comply with the...
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