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NIU representatives traveled this week to Washington, D.C., where they made a strong case for the importance of federal funding for research universities and national laboratories. “We made a lot of face-to-face contacts with our congressmen and their staffs and were able to drive home the point of how vital federal funding for research is...
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,...
Timothy Hagen
NIU chemistry professor Timothy Hagen will talk about the importance of federal funding for research universities and economic development during a luncheon panel discussion Tuesday in front of an audience of Washington, D.C., movers and shakers. The luncheon at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is part of a full day of events planned for Illinois...
Congressman Joe Walsh
The NIU College Republicans invite students and the public to its November general meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Stevenson North Fishbowl Room. Congressman Joe Walsh, a Republican from McHenry who represents the 8th District of Illinois, will speak at the event. Because of redistricting, Walsh faces a primary election run...
Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. Photo courtesy Illinois Board of Tourism.
In Springfield … The first week of the Illinois General Assembly’s fall veto session begins Tuesday, Oct. 25, and will run through Thursday, Oct. 27. It promises to be an interesting week, with many issues on the table. The House of Representatives Personnel and Pensions Committee has posted five pension reform bills for hearing –...
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In Washington, D.C. … Last week, the Senate rejected, by a vote of 50-49, President Obama’s jobs bill and the Senate Democrats are now working with the president to disassemble the $447 billion package into smaller bills that will deal with specific elements contained in the jobs bill. The Democrats will try to force the...
In Springfield … Fall Veto Session begins Tuesday, Oct. 25, and we are seeing public statements by various elected officials on items they hope will be addressed during the six days of this session. Gov. Pat Quinn, who used his amendatory veto on House Bill 1353, is hoping that the General Assembly will not override...
In Springfield … An arbitrator today issued a ruling stating that Gov. Pat Quinn’s recent announcement that he intended to close seven state-run facilities and layoff more than 1,900 state workers by the end of the year violates a collective bargaining agreement between the governor and the AFSCME union. This is the same arbitrator who...
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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...
NIU students are invited to apply for the university’s annual congressional internship program in Washington, D.C. The highly competitive program will provide five students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in the heart of the nation’s capital. The program runs from late May through early August 2012. Each student will intern for a...
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...
In Springfield … The latest rumors in Springfield surround Gov. Quinn signaling his intention to issue layoff notices to thousands of state employees and closing several state facilities, including a prison, juvenile detention center and homes for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. While no specifics are being released by the governor’s office at this...
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