The Columbia Chronicle

Prepaid tuition a risky gamble

By Editorial Board

April 11, 2011

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan recently announced a state probe of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission regarding its management of the College Illinois prepaid college tuition program. The program allows families to pre-purchase a certain number of college semesters at state universities and community colleges to lock in current rates and avoid future tuition increases. However, the state doesn’t guarantee ...

Roll back free rides for seniors

By Editorial Board

January 31, 2011

Seniors in Illinois have enjoyed free rides on public transit since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich implemented the program in 2008, but those days may be numbered. The Illinois General Assembly recently passed a bill that would roll the program back so only those who qualify for the state’s Circuit Breaker program—low-income seniors and people with disabilities—would be eligible for the free-ride passes. All other seni...

Put capital punishment to death

By Editorial Board

January 24, 2011

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed a bill that would make capital punishment in Illinois a thing of the past. The fate of the bill now rests in the hands of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet decided whether he will sign it or not.Illinois has had a moratorium on executions in place since former Gov. George Ryan implemented it in 2000, after 13 wrongfully convicted death row inmates were exonerated based on new evidenc...

State program aims to maintain jobs

By Darryl Holliday

December 6, 2010

A plan meant to create jobs in Illinois has been issued a new lease on life. Gov. Pat Quinn announced a six-week addition to the “Put Illinois to Work” program on Nov. 30, which will prolong it through Jan. 15, 2011.According to the governor’s office, more than 26,000 jobs were created in the state since the April 2009 implementation of “Put Illinois to Work,” a collaboration of the Illinois Department of Human Services and ...

Are Illinois politicians student friendly?

By Darryl Holliday

November 8, 2010

With the state’s political landscape settled for the next four years the direction of higher education moves to the front.Around half of Illinois’ registered voters turned out for the Nov. 2 elections, giving Republicans the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.The win by Senator-elect Mark Kirk (R) brings an end to a mudslinging political battle between Kirk and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D). In the en...

Quinn calls for tax hike

By Patrick Smith

March 15, 2010

On March 10, Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in an effort to address a $13 billion dollar deficit. But critics, from Republican state lawmakers to Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Richard M. Daley, said Quinn and the state government are not doing enough.Quinn proposed more borrowing to cover the state’s bills, budget cuts and a 33 percent hike in the income tax."The problems we ...

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