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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his State of the State Message today to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Governors typically use the State of the State to highlight their priorities and to call on the General Assembly to act on these priorities. Details on implementation – and the resources needed to accomplish these...
In Springfield … Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives began its Spring Session. On Wednesday, the House adopted rules that will govern its operations over the next two years (the 98th General Assembly), and House committee appointments were announced. Thursday’s House session was canceled, and the Senate did not convene. Next week should see...
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The 97th General Assembly came to a close late in the afternoon Tuesday, Jan. 8, when both the House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned sine die. The members of the 98th General Assembly were inaugurated at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9.
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NIU-Rockford will host one of four events this month sponsored by the Illinois Open Technology Challenge. The event is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Room 101 of the NIU regional center at 8500 E. State St. ILOpenTech brings governments, developers and communities together in a common mission to use public...
A committee of lawmakers in Springfield endorsed a proposal Monday that would enact sweeping changes to the state’s employee pension system. Under the plan endorsed by the House Personnel and Pensions Committee (on a 6-3 vote) the changes would include: A six-year suspension of the annual 3 percent cost of living increase currently given to retirees....
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Flanked by children yelling “Thanks in Advance” through red megaphones, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled a campaign Sunday, Nov. 18, to call attention to the state’s pension funding problems. Quinn said in a press release, “Children have a critical stake in pension reform and that’s why we are here today calling Illinois citizens to action....
In Washington, D.C. … Congress begins a five-week Summer Recess. Prior to adjourning, Congressional leaders and the White House agreed to a bi-partisan deal that will keep the government funded for six months, through March 31, 2013, at a level consistent with the 2013 level ($1.047 trillion) set forth in the Budget Control Act passed...
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In Washington, D.C. … Officials of the U.S. Department of Education today unveiled the Obama administration’s college financial aid “shopping sheet,” which was developed jointly with the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The shopping sheet, while allowing individual institutions to provide customized information, provides a number of common elements regarding a student’s financial aid...
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The Associated Press is reporting today that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn “has signed a law that ends free health care for state retirees and requires them all to contribute to the cost of health care, based on their ability to pay.” Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax begins its coverage this way: “We still don’t know how...
Cherilyn G. Murer
Eight leaders of state government and corporate health care agree that “true reform” of health care delivery is not only likely but coming, thanks to advances in technology and electronic medical records. That hopeful message closed a June 13 panel discussion moderated by NIU Board of Trustees Chair Cherilyn Murer. “I found it very gratifying...
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In an effort to keep you informed about what occurred during the spring legislative session in Springfield, we thought that it would be helpful to focus on some key areas and give you more context in terms of what happened. Our first area of focus is the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The Illinois General Assembly...
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In Springfield … Last week, both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly continued to move bills through committees and through third readings. However, the three big issues remaining are the FY 2013 appropriations, pension stabilization, and Medicaid reform and cuts. Most of the discussions on these three issues have taken place behind closed doors, but...
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