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Mike Fortner
Mike Fortner, a professor in the NIU Department of Physics and a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, is the focus of a chicagonews cooperative piece on the lawsuit filed by Illinois GOP challenging the new legislative map. “It Can Take a Scientist to Help Understand Redistricting,” reported by Kristen McQueary, also appeared...
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… 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...
Map of Illinois
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...
NIU President John G. Peters
Efforts to repair the state’s failing pension system should not punish those who have faithfully paid into that system, NIU President John Peters said today in his keynote address at the State University Annuitants Association annual meeting in Springfield. “It is unfair to lay this problem at the feet of employees and annuitants. In the...
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A ruling by a Sangamon County judge has thrown a new wrinkle into the health insurance picture for state employees. The ruling, which came down Friday, prohibits the state of Illinois from enrolling employees, retirees and dependents in any new self-insured “open access” health plans that begin July 1. As a result, HealthLink OAP and...
NIU President John G. Peters
We closed the books on another semester two weeks ago, which in theory means that it was a time to catch our breath … but not so this year.
Seal of the State of Illinois
The General Assembly closed out its spring session Tuesday night by passing a budget for Fiscal Year 2012, but set aside issues related to pension reform and annuitant health insurance premium changes. Both of those items are expected to be the topic of continued discussion and debate over the summer and are scheduled to be...
Ken Zehnder
A retirement reception in honor of Ken Zehnder is planned from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the University Suite of the Holmes Student Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Joan Laurino at (815) 753-2253 or via e-mail at [email protected] NIU’s director of state and local relations since 2009, Zehnder joined the university...
An announcement regarding a new deadline for the selection of benefits could be coming soon, following a decision released Thursday by the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Lisa Madigan released a decision indicating that a legislative oversight panel does not have the authority to block individual health insurance contracts for state employees. The General...
State Pension & Budget Update
After much discussion, it appears that lawmakers will this week take up in earnest the issue of changes to the pension system for state employees. Currently, it appears that the language in HB149 is the strategy that lawmakers are looking to as they consider the issue. A quick summary of the three-tiered system under consideration...
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