SPRINGFIELD – A trio of legislation helping Western Illinois University was approved by the Senate on Thursday. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) sponsored the three proposals – all of which were requests from WIU's Board of Trustees.
"It's a privilege to work with the WIU Board of Trustees and Rep. Hammond for the betterment of the University and the Western Illinois Region," Sullivan said.
"Western Illinois University's Board identified these issues are priorities. I am pleased to join Senator Sullivan in advancing them through the legislative process," Hammond said.
HB 5678 - WIU-QC building sale
New facilities at WIU-Quad Cities are planned to open this fall. As the new 94,800 square foot, $4.2 million Riverfront Campus project is completed, WIU plans to sell or lease a former classroom building in downtown Moline.
House Bill 5678 gives WIU the authority to lease, sell or transfer the old building and use the proceeds for construction on the Quad Cities campus.
HB 5681 - WIU-QC annual board meeting
Since becoming an independent campus in 2012, WIU-QC has continued to grow as a vital part of the university. The WIU Board of Trustees began the practice of holding at least one of its quarterly meetings at the quad cities campus.
House Bill 5681 makes the informal practice permanent – requiring the board to hold at least one meeting a year in the Quad Cities.
HB 5679 - High School Feedback System
The third piece of legislation approved by the Senate eliminates an out-of-date program that studied high school students' performance in public universities. The High School Feedback System became law in 1989 and was replaced in 2009.
House Bill 5679 removes references to the old system in state law.
All three bills passed with bipartisan support.