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In Washington, D.C. … On Monday, Jan. 21, President Barack Obama was inaugurated for a second term. The president’s inaugural speech advanced a more liberal agenda, calling for action on immigration reform, climate change and clean energy technology, gay rights, as well as calling for the need to find common ground and end the bitter...
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Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has initiated a friendly wager with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-17) on tonight’s Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Hultgren represents No. 19-ranked Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Ill., and Ryan represents No. 18-ranked Kent State in Kent, Ohio. The NIU Huskies will face the Kent State...
In Washington, D.C. … Congress begins a five-week Summer Recess. Prior to adjourning, Congressional leaders and the White House agreed to a bi-partisan deal that will keep the government funded for six months, through March 31, 2013, at a level consistent with the 2013 level ($1.047 trillion) set forth in the Budget Control Act passed...
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In Washington, D.C. … Officials of the U.S. Department of Education today unveiled the Obama administration’s college financial aid “shopping sheet,” which was developed jointly with the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The shopping sheet, while allowing individual institutions to provide customized information, provides a number of common elements regarding a student’s financial aid...
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In Springfield … With only three weeks left before the scheduled May 31 adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly, there are three major issues still unresolved: the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, pension stabilization and Medicaid reform. FY2013 Budget The House Higher Education Appropriations Committee has been meeting frequently over the past several weeks to determine how...
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In Springfield … The majority of activity in both the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives last week and again this week will involve trying to move substantive bills through committees The deadline to get bills out of committee is Friday, May 4. House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 49 (HJRCA 49), sponsored by Speaker...
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In Springfield … Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn released his plan for cutting the FY2013 Illinois Medicaid program by approximately $2.7 billion, the level of reductions he believes are needed to stabilize the Medicaid system in Illinois and prevent its collapse. There are three components to the governor’s plan: $2 billion (75 percent) reductions, a $1...
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A trio of NIU students is headed to Capitol Hill for Congressional Visit Days. The annual two-day event brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators and technology executives to Washington, D.C., to raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology. Congressional Visit Days are scheduled Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25. They are coordinated annually...
Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), who sits on the House Judiciary Committee-Subcommittee on the Constitution, heard NIU Law professor Amy Widman’s testimony.
Amy Widman, an assistant professor in the NIU College of Law, testified Feb. 2 before the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee – Subcommittee on the Constitution in Washington, D.C. Widman was asked to testify in support of her recently published article, “State Attorneys General’s Use of Concurrent Public Enforcement Authority in Federal Consumer...
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Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus. This should prove to be a very interesting year at both the state and federal levels. In Washington, D.C. … Congress has been on holiday recess since mid-December, returning to session this week. Congress did approve the remaining FY2012 appropriations bills Dec. 15, 2011, which comply with the...
MAC champions!
NIU’s MAC champion Huskie football team continues to win – only now it’s off the field. The Huskies are winning kudos from Capitol Hill. Northern Illinois now will close out its record-setting 2011 season Sunday, Jan. 8, versus Arkansas State, champions of the Sun Belt Conference, at the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. For more...
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In Washington, D.C. … As expected, Congress last week approved the first “minibus” Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations, which included funding for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science and Transportation-HUD. It also included an extension of the Continuing Resolution so that the government can operate until Friday, Dec. 16. Of special interest to NIU is the increase in the National Science...
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