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Shaky ground: University leaders fear Rauner budget another step back


WIULess than a year after a bipartisan state budget deal restored some semblance of stability for the state’s public universities and colleges, school leaders say Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal could be a devastating financial blow to their recovery.

Rauner wants to dump state retirement costs back on the universities as part of a four-year plan to shift $2 billion worth of state costs onto public schools, universities and colleges. The practical result would be layoffs and program cuts along with potentially higher tuition for students.

Senators outraged at news of two more confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease

ivhq signVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is outraged at news of two more confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

"While the governor continues to live in a fantasy world, creating bureaucratic task forces and dodging requests for information, two more of our nation's heroes have tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease," Cullerton said. "Gov. Bruce Rauner has failed our veterans once again. Our nation's heroes need a solution now. They cannot afford to wait another three years for the governor to finally do his job."

In memory of our friend George Shadid

shadid blogSenator George Shadid was born on May 15, 1939 in Clinton, IA to a family of proud Lebanese descent. He married his wife Lorraine Unes in 1953. George and Lorraine had two sons, James and George, Jr. the latter of whom preceded him in death. His son James is currently a federal judge in Peoria. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, his son Jim, his daughter-in-law Mikie and four grandchildren

Top New Laws for Veterans in 2018

topvetslawsEvery year the General Assembly looks for opportunities to help our military veterans, and this year was no exception. Take a look at some new laws taking effect January 1 that improve benefits and services for Illinois veterans.

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