ICCTA Action Alert
Nov. 9, 2000
Veto Session Begins
The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield today to start its fall veto session.
Lawmakers are scheduled to be in the Capitol during the weeks of November 14 - 16 and
November 28 - 30. Although no "hot" community college-related issues appear to be in play
at this time, ICCTA will monitor deliberations throughout the month.
Despite record-high campaign spending by both parties, the balance of power in the
Illinois General Assembly remains the same -- Republicans have retained control of
the Illinois Senate, while Democrats maintain their majority in the Illinois House.
This sets the stage for next year's session, when the legislature will begin drawing
new district boundaries for lawmakers based on the 2000 census. An in-depth analysis
of the 2000 election will be provided at ICCTA’s committee and board meetings on
November 10-11 in Chicago.
Harper, McHenry Win Referenda
Unlike the candidates in the U.S. presidential race, two Illinois community colleges
are celebrating victories following successful referenda bids on November 7:
Both colleges had previously lost similar referenda efforts (Harper in April 1999,
McHenry in March 2000).
- By a 57% to 43% margin, William Rainey Harper College in Palatine won approval
for an $88.8 million bond issue to construct three new science and technology buildings.
- Voters in the McHenry County College district narrowly OK’ed (by 51% to 49%)
a 5¢ increase in the education fund tax rate to 27¢. The increase will be offset by an
equal tax decrease resulting from the college paying off bonds.
For additional information on state legislative issues,
contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.
Illinois Community College Trustees Association|
401 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
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