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NIU President Doug Baker
NIU President Doug Baker sent this message today to members of the university community. In the closing hours of the fiscal year, we received some very positive news to report. The governor signed into law a bill that provides higher education with badly needed financial support. For NIU it includes: $48.3 million in operating funds...
NIU President Doug Baker sent this message today to members of the university community. Mike Mann, NIU’s director of State Relations, and I were in Springfield earlier this week working with legislative leaders and the governor’s office. It’s clear that both the legislative and executive branch members understand the extreme budget challenges facing higher education...
Photo of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield
NIU’s Student Association will sponsor a trip to Springfield Wednesday, April 13, for a full day of student activism regarding MAP grants and the state budget. The bus will depart the east side of the Holmes Student Center at 6:30 a.m. Events begin at 10 a.m. with a pump-up rally at the University of Illinois...
Photo of a slice of pizza being served
Students are invited at to the New Hall Swing Space at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, for free pizza and the chance to meet Illinois State Rep. Bob Pritchard. A member of the Illinois General Assembly for 13 years, Pritchard has sat on many committees, including Higher Education and Elementary & Secondary Education Appropriation. The...
Veterans Day 2013
As Veterans Day approaches, Northern Illinois University alumna and Illinois State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit is reflecting on fellow veterans who sacrificed their lives for freedom and on her service in the Marine Corps. After graduating high school, Kifowit joined the Marines on an impulse and didn’t tell her family until after she had signed up....
Symbol of the State of Illinois
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...
Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. Photo courtesy Illinois Board of Tourism.
According to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the deadline for submitting documentation for the State of Illinois Retiree Group has been extended to Friday, Dec. 6, because of the federal government shutdown. There is no need for anyone in this group to request an extension prior to Friday, Oct. 25. Members of the...
Jack Barry
The Northern Illinois University Student Association hosted six state Republican lawmakers Wednesday morning at the Holmes Student Center Sky Room for a news conference to address the issue of college affordability. “The rising cost of a college education is becoming the main obstacle to obtaining a degree,” Student Association President Jack Barry said in a...
State Rep. Robert Pritchard
NIU’s Student Association will welcome several Republicans from the Illinois House of Representatives to campus Wednesday morning. The GOP state lawmakers will conduct a news conference at 10 a.m. in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center to promote a package of bills that aim to provide college affordability options. Legislators include Reps. Bob...
Symbol of the State of Illinois
The Illinois General Assembly adjourned Friday evening without taking action to resolve Illinois’ pension funding crisis. Illinois public university presidents and chancellors worked diligently this spring to craft a viable solution to the SURS funding problems. The Illinois Government & Public Affairs Policy Institute (UIUC) developed a Six Point SURS Pension Reform Plan that was promptly...
Photo of Illinois flag in globe
Just one more week remains in the current legislative session before the Illinois General Assembly adjourns Friday, May 31. At this point, major issues remain unresolved, which is not uncommon given the natural rhythm of the legislative process in Springfield. Kathryn Buettner, NIU vice president of University Relations, was in Springfield this week and delivered...
'Road to Retirement' highway sign
Presidents and chancellors at public universities and colleges across the state reached an agreement in principal with House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and House leaders Thursday for public universities to assume the employer share of employee pension costs beginning in FY2015. The hope is that Thursday’s agreement might help break up the logjam in Springfield...
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