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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,...
State Pension & Budget Update
The House Personnel and Pension Committee endorsed SB 512 on a 5-4 vote Tuesday evening, sending the bill to the House floor for consideration. The bill would create three different “tiers” of pension benefits and costs, some of which would compel employees to pay significantly more; another that would offer reduced benefits; and a third...
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...
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,...
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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...
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