KUDOS

Kudos to Illinois State University for taking a leadership role in developing and using alternative energy.

ISU is now offering an undergraduate major in renewable energy – a popular program, given that there is now a waiting list!

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW

The two-year General Assembly cycle began anew, as lawmakers closed the 95th General Assembly on January 13 and convened the 96th General Assembly on January 14.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Unlike most new legislative sessions, however, lawmakers made history immediately upon convening.

Most notable was that the session was convened for the first time ever by a Governor who has been impeached by the House of Representatives and who will shortly stand trial in the Senate.

As required by the Illinois Constitution, Governor Rod Blagojevich convened the Senate January 14 while we were sworn in and a Senate president was elected. Once the new Senate president had been elected, Governor Blagojevich left the Senate chamber after making only brief comments and congratulatory remarks to the lawmakers.

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