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Photo of a previous MAP grant rally in Springfield.
NIU’s Student Association will host a March on Springfield Lobby Day. Marchers will protest cuts to funding of MAP grants and other areas impacting NIU, including faculty and staff pensions and the university’s operating budget. Transportation to and from the event will be provided by the Student Association; the Student Association has requested faculty are...
With the Illinois General Assembly’s Fall Veto Session less than a month away, look for the issue of state employee pension plans to start creeping back into the headlines, says Steve Cunningham, NIU vice president for Administration and Human Resources. The topic dominated much of the discussion at the end of the spring legislative session,...
Photo of a traffic light on "yellow"
In Washington, D.C. … Activities in Washington over the past week bring to mind a quote from that great sage, Yogi Berra: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Once again, Congress found itself at a critical juncture to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would allow the federal government to operate Saturday, Oct. 1, the...
In Springfield … Gov. Pat Quinn held a press conference Thursday, Sept. 8, to discuss his Fiscal Year 2012 budget management strategy. Quinn contends that the FY2012 budget approved by the General Assembly has a shortfall of approximately $313.5 million in operations and personnel across all state agencies, with the most severe deficiencies at the...
The White House
In Springfield … Gov. Pat Quinn today signed Senate Bill 2185, known as the Illinois DREAM Act (now Public Act 97-0233). This act is intended to make college more affordable for undocumented immigrants. It allows anyone with a Social Security number to enroll in a state-administered college savings program. It also establishes an Illinois DREAM Fund Commission...
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....
Money & ruler
Northern Illinois University president, John G. Peters addressed several key components of a recently released report on NIU's economic impact on the region during a radio interview with WNIJ-FM.
Map of Illinois
With only five weeks remaining in the spring legislative session in Illinois, a multitude of measures is moving forward after clearing the April 15 deadline to pass proposals out of each chamber. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has provided a succinct summary of the budgetary process: The anticipated general revenue for Fiscal Year 2012 is $34.3...
Seal of the State of Illinois
NIU President John G. Peters indicated in his March 24 campus update that “it is difficult to predict the precise course of this spring’s budget debate” and that “what happens in Springfield during the next 60 days will be of critical importance to every employee and annuitant at Northern Illinois University.” His message to be...
NIU President John G. Peters
NIU President John G. Peters today addressed the NIU Board of Trustees regarding the state of budget negotiations in Springfield, and talk of altering pension and insurance programs for current employees and annuitants. His remarks were summarized in an e-mail to the campus community, which is included below. Dear Colleague, NIU recently concluded testimony before...
State Pension & Budget Update
Every budget season in Springfield is filled with uncertainty. This one promises to be more confusing than most, however, as lawmakers explore sweeping changes in state pensions while they struggle to balance the books. No doubt, rumors will circulate. People will have questions they want answered. In an effort to provide continuous and updated information, and...
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