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Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:56

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Simon welcomes new JALC president, calls for budget reform to protect education funding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Justin Stofferahn   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:53

Simon welcomes new JALC president, calls for budget reform to protect education funding


CARTERVILLE – May 24, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon welcomed incoming John A. Logan College President Mike Dreith on Thursday and urged lawmakers to make pension and Medicaid reforms that will protect higher education funding.


Without major changes, health care for the poor and retirement benefits for public employees will continue to eat up more of the state’s general revenue dollars, squeezing out funding for education, law enforcement and other expenses, Simon said prior to a public reception for Dreith alongside retiring JALC President Bob Mees.


“Runaway Medicaid and pension costs could squeeze out education funding if major reforms are not enacted this spring,” said Simon, who serves as Governor Quinn’s point person on education reform. “When President Dreith takes over on July 1, we want John A. Logan College to know its state dollars will be paid on time and in full so its students receive the best education possible.”


Fast-growing public pension and Medicaid costs could eat up 50 percent of state general revenue spending in FY2014 without major reforms. That could limit the state’s ability to fund education and public safety, threaten the state’s credit rating and hurt the long-term sustainability of the health care and retirement systems, Simon said. On Monday, legislation supported by Governor Quinn was filed to restructure Illinois’ Medicaid system.


“The state’s budget crisis must be resolved, with input from educators across the state, to maintain and improve the quality of higher education in Illinois,” said Mees, who will retire from the JALC presidency on June 30.


Students who qualify for state tuition assistance, whether they pay to study microbiology or welding, could also feel the squeeze, Simon said. In the past decade, the buying power of the state's Monetary Award Program (MAP) has fallen from covering the full tuition and fees at public community colleges and universities, to covering about half. For every student who received partial assistance from MAP this year, another qualified applicant was denied due to lack of funds.


“We need to invest in students and schools if we expect to reach our state's big goal: 60 percent of our working-age adults holding a degree or certificate by 2025,” Simon said.  “It’s time to put politics aside and work together on budget reforms that will put Illinois on solid financial footing for years to come.”

WQPT Broadcasts WIU-QC 2012 Commencement Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:21
MOLINE, IL--Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Spring 2012 Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast Sunday, May 27th at 12:30 pm on WQPT. The program length is one hour, 33 minutes and is a rebroadcast of the ceremony held Sunday, May 13th at The i wireless Center, Moline. Please see to find WQPT on your television service provider's channel guide.  For more information, please contact 309-764-2400 or

Treasurer Fitzgerald Reminds Iowans it is Their Last Chance to Celebrate 529 Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:02

Register for a chance to win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa Account

DES MOINES, IA (05/22/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald wants to remind Iowans it is their last chance to celebrate 529 Day by registering to win a $1,000 College Savings Iowa account for a child in their life. "I encourage everyone to register for the giveaway and explore the benefits of using a 529 plan, such as College Savings Iowa, to save for their loved ones' future higher education expenses," Fitzgerald said. "By starting early, saving a little at a time and making smart investment choices, families can make their savings work for them." For more information and to register for the giveaway, please visit before May 31.

May 29, 529 Day, helps bring attention to the fact that saving for college is one of the most significant things families can do for the children in their lives. Those who begin putting away money early and save little by little can, over time, make their college savings add up to a significant amount. Because saving for future educational expenses is so important, Iowa families are encouraged to open a College Savings Iowa account for a special child in their life.

College Savings Iowa offers families a tax advantaged way to save money for their children's higher education. It only takes $25 to open an account, and anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can deduct contributions up to $2,975 per beneficiary from their 2012 adjusted gross income, and there are no income or residency restrictions.* Investors can withdraw their investment federally tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and certain room and board costs at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad. To learn more about College Savings Iowa, please visit or call1-888-672-9116.

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. The earnings portion of non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.


Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing.

Governor Quinn Statement on House Vote to Abolish Legislative Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:24

SPRINGFIELD – May 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Illinois House’ concurrence with passage of HB 3810, which finally ends the troubled General Assembly tuition waiver program.


“Today is a good day for deserving students in financial need, and a good day for the taxpayers of Illinois.


“There is no place for a political scholarship program in Illinois. As I have repeatedly advocated – scholarships, paid for by Illinois taxpayers – should be awarded only to those with merit who are in true financial need. Abolishing this program is the right thing to do.


“Thank you Leader Christine Radogno for your leadership on this issue. Thank you President John Cullerton for your move to abolish this program. And thank you, Speaker Michael Madigan, Leader Tom Cross and members of the House and Senate who voted to do the right thing and pass this long-overdue ethics reform. We need more bipartisan progress like this in the next 10 days to get big things done for the people of Illinois.


“I look forward to signing this legislation and focusing resources on programs that help needy, deserving students attend college.”




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