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Week Ending April 24th, 2015

The Illinois General Assembly returned to session on April 20th following a full week of floor action. April 24th was the deadline to consider substantive legislation in its originating chamber.

OGR continues to work on bills that the U of I is both opposing and supporting on the floor. Again, we appreciate the support and assistance from the subject matter experts on our campuses. If you have any questions on a specific piece of legislation, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Government Relations for more information.

State Relations Weekly Legislation Report

Dr. Killeen and Chairman McMillian Meet With Leaders in the Capitol

President-designate Killeen and Board of Trustees Ed McMillan were in the Capitol on April 21st to meet with Governor Rauner. They had a productive conversation on the future of the University of Illinois and the potential to be an even bigger asset to the state of Illinois and the Illinois economy.   In addition, they also met the chiefs of staff from each of the four legislative caucuses and the Director of DCEO. Each meeting focused on the value of the University of Illinois to the state, and how we can help improve the state economy and environment through higher education.

Legislation to Partially Privatize DCEO

A bill to partially privatize the state's economic development agency has surfaced abruptly in Springfield, and it may be on a fast track to passage.

The proposal, contained in an amendment filed yesterday by House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie to a bill sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan, would give both the speaker and Gov. Bruce Rauner something they want. Rauner would establish a private Illinois Business & Economic Development Corporation that would pick up many of the key functions of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, a state government agency. For instance, the corporation would have the power to negotiate tax incentive deals with companies, subject to final approval by DCEO. The idea is similar to proposals Rauner made during his race for governor.

Attorney General Joins VP Biden at UIUC "It's on Us" Rally

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan stood with Vice President Joe Biden at the UIUC It’s on Us rally last week. Attorney General Madigan has introduced her own legislation, HB821, to make it easier for college students to report incidents of sexual assault on campus. Her legislation has passed the House and awaits a hearing in the Senate. Sen. John Cullerton is the chief Senate sponsor.

Lt. Governor Sanguinetti Visits with College of ACES

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and members of her staff met with College of ACES Dean Robert Hauser, college administrative leaders, and the ACES external advisory committee on April 23 in the ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center.  Dean Hauser gave an overview the college and emphasized the importance of U of I Extension as a vital link between the college’s research and expertise, and communities and stakeholders throughout the state.

The Lieutenant Governor heads the Illinois Rural Affairs Council, the Joint Rivers Coordinating Council (Illinois River, Mississippi River, and Wabash and Ohio River Coordinating Councils) and is ambassador to the Illinois Main Street Program.  She is leading the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.  

University of Illinois Students in the Capitol

Members from the University of Illinois undocumented student taskforce were in the Capitol to meet with Republican Leader Durkin and to lobby in support of U of I’s financial aid for undocumented student legislation, HB3528. Introduced by the University of Illinois, this legislation allows undocumented students to receive state based financial aid. The bill did not receive a vote before the legislative deadline. We will be meeting with the sponsor next week to discuss next steps.


The House and Senate both reconvene on April 28th and will begin hearing bills in committee from the opposite chamber.

State Relations Weekly Legislation Report

2015 State Relations' Events, Save the Date
  • April 29th DCEO/ISTC Innovation Day in the Capitol
  • April 30th Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
  • May 5th PELP meetings with caucus Chief of Staffs
  • May 6th May Alumni in Government reception (U of I caucus invited to reception)
  • May 7th UI Day at the Capitol with BOT
  • May 19th & 20th 4-H in the Capitol
  • May 31st Adjourn
99th General Assembly 2015 Legislative Calendar

Senate Committee schedule

House Committee schedule

Illinois state Senate 2015 calendar

Illinois House of Representatives 2015 calendar

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