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In Springfield … The Illinois General Assembly reconvened Tuesday to try to finalize some issues left pending during the regularly scheduled fall veto session. Senators passed, with a veto-proof majority, a Chicago Mercantile Exchange/Sears tax relief package (HB 1883); however, this bill was defeated in the House by a vote of 99-8. This bill was a...
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NIU’s Civic Leadership Academy will offer two workshops in December. “The Freedom of Information Act and What It Means for Your Organization” is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6. “The Open Meetings Act and Roles of Public Officials” takes place Tuesday, Dec. 13. Both are half-day workshops held from 9 a.m. to noon. Each workshop will...
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NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State. In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Twenty-five dollars...
State Pension & Budget Update
In Springfield … The Illinois General Assembly finished its second week of the scheduled fall veto session Thursday, Nov. 10. However, the House of Representatives has been called back Tuesday, Nov. 29, to deal with some large, outstanding issues. We are uncertain at this time if the Senate also will be called back. Senate Bill 512,...
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All NIU employees who have not completed the annual Ethics Training have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, to do so. Under the terms of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, all full-time and part-time, regular and temporary faculty, staff, graduate assistants, extra help and student employees must complete online ethics training. The training...
John G. Peters
NIU President John Peters joined other university presidents and chancellors from around the state Thursday in signing a letter sent to Gov. Pat Quinn that outlines their objections to proposed changes in the state pension system. “Senate Bill 512, backed by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, is but one approach. As...
State Rep. Robert Pritchard
State Rep. Bob Pritchard vowed Thursday that he would not support a proposed pension reform bill that could come up for a vote as early as next week. “I will be a no vote on SB 512, and I will urge my colleagues to also vote no,” said Pritchard (R-Hinckley), whose district includes DeKalb. His...
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
In Springfield … The Illinois General Assembly convened for the first week of the fall veto session, which began Oct. 25. It was a tough week for Gov. Pat Quinn, with the General Assembly taking the following actions: Collective bargaining House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced HJR 45, which seeks to involve the General Assembly in...
State Rep. Robert Pritchard
NIU’s Operating Staff Council will host State Rep. Robert Pritchard at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. The Republican legislator from Hinckley will gather with the group in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center to address issues related to the ongoing debate in Springfield regarding pension reform. This meeting was previously scheduled for the...
College students rallied Wednesday in Springfield to urge continued funding of MAP grants.
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A number of bills were introduced within the last two weeks related to pension reform, primarily in response to recent stories by the Chicago Tribune and Fox News. These bills are intended to close “loopholes” that have allowed the type of lucrative pension benefits that have been highlighted by the media. With the fall veto...
NIU President John G. Peters
Northern Illinois University has launched yourpension.niu.edu, a website designed specifically to help employees stay informed on the debate in Springfield regarding employee pensions. “There are few issues with potentially greater consequences, and we want to ensure that employees, annuitants and others have easy access to the most up-to-date information and resources to help them understand...
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