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Illinois Pensions

Illinois Pensions

By The Associated Press | December 4, 2013

Lawmakers work toward passing controversial pension legislation while on the House floor during a session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday in Springfield. The measure passed the House and Senate and is headed to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will...

NIU no fan of pension deal

NIU no fan of pension deal

By Kelly Bauer | December 4, 2013

NIU wanted a resolution to the state’s pension crisis, but it doesn’t like the one it got in a controversial reform bill that passed the General Assembly Tuesday.The measure will reduce and, in some instances, skip cost-of-living increases and push...

During the open discussion portion of a March 7, 2012, meeting on pension reform, Michael Peddle, assistant dean of academic administration, suggested the state start taxing all pensions in Illinois.

Professors, legislators to meet for pension forum

By James Bartley | November 20, 2013

A town hall-style forum with state legislators on pension reform will be held at noon today in the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium.Representatives Bob Pritchard, Tom Demmer and Mike Fortner will be in attendance, as will Steve Cunningham,...

Not all welcome minimum wage changes

By Lark Lewis | November 20, 2013

Some local businesses owners are concerned about the possibility of a statewide minimum wage increase.States like Michigan and Massachusetts are proposing a minimum wage increase, and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has shown some approval of an increase. The...

A neighborhood in the Devonshire subdivision of Washington, Ill., is left in ruins after a tornado tore through the northern part of the town on Sunday. Members of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, are collecting items for care packages to send to the victims of the tornado. Student volunteers will also work with the Red Cross.

Students reach out to help tornado victims

By James Green | November 19, 2013

In response to the weekend’s outbreak of tornadoes in Illinois, Alpha Phi Omega will collect donations for relief packages for the victims.Will Wight, Alpha Phi Omega member and junior mechanical engineering major, has been storm watching for five years,...

Governor to sign same-sex marriage bill Wednesday

By Stoney Stone | November 19, 2013

Gov. Pat Quinn will sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act Wednesday amid conflicting views.The bill will allow same-sex couples the right to wed as soon as June 1, and the signing will be open to the public. Local politicians opposed the...

Gay marriage: ‘History in the making’

By Matt Carlson | November 6, 2013

LGBT students and their allies are excited at the prospect of same-sex marriage being legalized in Illinois following the Senate and House’s passing of a marriage equality bill.When Gov. Pat Quinn signs the bill, as he has pledged to do, Illinois will...

Pension decision yet to made by Legislature

By Ali Combs | July 23, 2013

Past deadline and without pay, the General Assembly has yet to come to a decision in regard to pension reform.With Illinois state employees’ salaries frozen and pension plans up in the air, a conference committee has been set up to more efficiently...

Pass/Fail: Students learn about genocide on trip & Quinn freezes lawmakers’ salaries

By Danny Cozzi | July 23, 2013

What current events pass? Which ones fail? Here’s one of each by Perspective Editor Danny Cozzi.Pass: Understanding genocide: Students travel to Netherlands to study atrocious crimesStudents traveled to the Hague, Netherlands, with history professor...

Irony in Chicago politics

By Holly New | March 5, 2013

The last thing Illinois politics are known for are “ethical standards.” That, however, is the reason Gov. Pat Quinn decided to veto a gambling bill that “would have added casinos in Chicago, Lake County, Rockford, Danville and the south suburbs,...

Higher education bills passed by General Assembly

By Northern Star Staff | December 9, 2012

Two bills of interest to higher education passed at the 97th General Assembly and were sent to the governor for his approval, according to an Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) memo. One bill that was passed extends grant funds and the existence...

Filing deadline extended for general election

By Northern Star Staff | December 4, 2012

The filing deadline for the April general elections has been extended. Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that extends the amount of time candidates have to file their nominating papers with local offices, according to a Dec. 3 news release from DeKalb...