STATE WEEK IN REVIEW
The second week of Veto session was December 2 -4, 2014, and did not see too much action. The House adjourned Sine Die, which means they will not return under the 98th General Assembly. The Senate adjourned a day later, but will return for one day before the new General Assembly on January 13th.
Bills monitored by the University of Illinois
The Senate passed legislation to increase the minimum wage, but it was after the House had already adjourned. The University of Illinois supported HB3553 also did not called. We will reintroduce legislation next year addressing the COPS sunset to take place on December 31, 2014.
Both chambers voted to overturn the Governor’s HB3796, which provides that when a requester makes a voluminous request, the public body may charge specified fees for electronic data. With specified exceptions, a public body is not required to copy and make available for public inspection a public record that is published on the public body's website.
The Illinois Board of Higher Education held their meeting on December 2nd at UIS. Prior to the meeting the Presidents/Chancellors and legislative liaisons of all of the IL public universities met to discuss legislative priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Dr. Applegate joined the meeting to discuss our budget priorities and agendas for 2015.
IBHE is also in the process of putting together a Higher Education Caucus with representative of public universities, private universities, and community colleges. The University of Illinois participated in a legislative reception on December 2, 2014 to kick off the caucus. In addition, we are working in a coalition with all Illinois Public Universities to promote the return on investment of state monies into Illinois public higher education.
STATE LOOK AHEAD
As the General Assembly members return home, the Office of State Relations will spend December and January internally developing our 2015 legislative agenda. We have put together a committee with representatives from the three campuses and administration to make sure we are adequately and pro-actively developing and messaging the priorities for the entire University of Illinois family. Once approved by the President, Chancellors, and the Board of Trustees, our legislative agenda and priorities will be made public through our website and handouts, as well as given to the new Governor and legislative leaders.
Please reach out to Jennifer Creasey, Interim Director of State Relations, with any questions or concerns.
99th General Assembly 2015 Legislative Calendar
Governor-elect Rauner will officially be sworn in on Monday, January 12, 2015 and the 99th General Assembly will follow with their inauguration on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
Illinois State Senate 2015 calendar
Illinois House of Representatives 2015 calendar