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News from Washington, D.C. … Further review of the FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill reveals language that was included that will make about half of federally funded research accessible to the public. This provision requires federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education portion of the bill with research budgets of $100...
The Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., has awarded scholarships to each of the four NIU students who interned this summer in the nation’s capital, but the real payoff was in the experience itself. The interns rubbed shoulders with political powerhouses, such as Speaker of the House John Boehner and NIU alumnus and former Speaker...
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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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In Washington, D.C. … All eyes in Washington are focused on the activities of the Deficit Reduction Super Committee, which is under a very tight deadline to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in spending cuts before Thanksgiving or face mandatory reductions in all areas of federal spending. President Obama and House Speaker John...
In Springfield … The latest rumors in Springfield surround Gov. Quinn signaling his intention to issue layoff notices to thousands of state employees and closing several state facilities, including a prison, juvenile detention center and homes for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. While no specifics are being released by the governor’s office at this...
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In Washington, D.C. … Now that Congress and the president have agreed to a plan to reduce spending and the federal deficit, we are awaiting the details of which federal programs will be reduced and by how much. Congress is on a four-week recess, returning after Labor Day. THE MOST IMMEDIATE REACTION to the recent...
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In Springfield … Illinois House and Senate Republicans filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, July 20, seeking to invalidate the redistricting maps approved this Spring by the Illinois General Assembly on the grounds that the maps: Violate the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 because African-Americans and Latinos have not been provided a “fair...
In Springfield… On Monday, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its decision to uphold the funding mechanism put in place by the Illinois General Assembly to fund the state’s $31 billion capital plan. This is wonderful news for NIU because it means that the last obstacle has been cleared on state funding for the renovation...
In Springfield… Governor Pat Quinn, in the last hours of the state fiscal year, used his amendatory veto powers to cut $336 million from the FY 2012 appropriations sent to him by the General Assembly.  The majority of the cuts ($276 million) will be to Medicaid, with $90 million cut from the school bus program...
Congress came back in session last week after several weeks of spring recess. The two main agenda items they have been dealing with are the issue of raising the debt ceiling and the FY2012 budget. I previously reported that the U.S. government will reach the limits of its authority to borrow any additional funds this month. However,...
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The current Continuing Resolution (CR) that has been keeping the federal government running is set to expire Friday, April 8. President Obama announced this week that he will not sign another stopgap bill without first reaching an agreement with Congress over the 2011 budget, even if it means a government shutdown when the current CR expires....
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Congress has approved, and President Obama has signed, the sixth short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government running. This latest CR is set to expire Friday, April 8. It contains an additional $6 billion in spending cuts, mainly from funding rescissions, reductions and program terminations. No accounts impacting higher education were cut in this CR....