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University of Illinois Public Affairs
June 22, 2017

No Budget Means Construction Will Stop On New Lab At University Of Illinois

The Illinois Capital Development Board has ordered construction stopped by June 30 on a number of projects around the state because of the lack of a state budget. You can add an agriculture lab at the University of Illinois to the list, and there are multiple costs possible over the delay, officials say.

Savoy resident Doris McGee, State Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Andre Jordan, of AARP Illinois.
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June 22, 2017

Frerichs Calls On Governor To Sign Insurance Death Benefits Bill

A bill on Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk would require insurers to notify families of any death benefits they may be due from lapsed life insurance policies going back to the beginning of the century.

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs backed the bill (HB302), which won approval in the General Assembly in May--- and now he’s calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to sign it.

Illinois Senate chamber.
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June 21, 2017

Little Visible Progress On First Day Of Special Budget Session

Illinois lawmakers met briefly on the first day of their special session to work on a state budget, quickly adjourning so that Democrats and Republicans could meet behind closed doors to strategize. 

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
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June 21, 2017

Security Of State Election Systems The Focus Of Dueling Capitol Hill Hearings

If two nearly simultaneous hearings Wednesday by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election revealed anything, it's that U.S. officials saw what was going on but were all but powerless to stop it.

In his prepared remarks, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Russian government, "at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our Nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple."

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