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Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. Photo courtesy Illinois Board of Tourism.
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...
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In Springfield … The Illinois General Assembly convened for one day Wednesday, June 22, to handle some matters left over from the spring session, most notably the passage of the FY2012 capital bill (SB 2414). The Senate amendment added in the last days of session was removed, and the bill was sent Thursday, June 23, to Gov. Quinn....
In Springfield … The Illinois General Assembly comes back in session today. The purpose of this session is to deal with some outstanding issues, most importantly, the capital bill. The Senate had added an amendment that included more than $400 million in additional funding, including $17 million for the Monetary Assistance Program. The House had refused to...
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The Senate and the House of Representatives have both taken a week of district time over the last several weeks, with both chambers scheduled back this week. The major issue facing Congress and the Obama administration is the need to increase the nation’s debt ceiling before the U.S. government begins to default on its borrowing,...
Legislation that could dramatically increase the cost of health insurance for current and future state of Illinois annuitants, including erasing the benefit of free health care for those who retire with 20 or more years of service, has moved to the floor for debate. The legislation, Senate Bill 175 (Amendment 3), was endorsed by the...
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On behalf of the university Lori Clark from NIU’s Office of Governmental Relations submitted to the Senate Executive Committee on Sunday, May 29 a written position statement from NIU Vice President of Human Resources Steve Cunningham.  The statement outlines NIU’s opposition to Senate Bill 175 which would significantly alter retiree health care benefits.  Cunningham’s statement is...
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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We are hearing details about the compromise Continuing Resolution (CR) that was approved last week that will fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 (through Sept. 30, 2011). The final CR includes nearly $40 billion in reductions from FY 2010 levels. For higher education programs, there is good and bad news. The...
The White House
With less than an hour to go before the federal government would have been forced to shut down everything except “essential” services operated by “essential” personnel last Friday, Congress and President Obama agreed to a one-week Continuing Resolution (CR), set to expire Friday, April 15. This short-term CR was needed to allow the House of...
The White House
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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