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Gov. Quinn signs borrowing bill RYAN VOYLES Daily Egyptian
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Tuesday afternoon that would allow SIUC and other state universities to borrow money to make payroll instead of receiving timely state payments. SIU President Glenn Poshard said the signing of the bill was a great relief to him and other administrators, as the next several months are critical as the university prepares its budget for the next fiscal year. â€œWe will now be able to go out within the next 30 days into the open market and try to effect some borrowing, and that will definitely help us with our July and August payroll assessment. â€œWe feel pretty good about it; itâ€™s going to get us over this problem over the next few months, which is a critical time period for us,â€? Poshard said.
The bill â€” Senate Bill 642 â€” would allow universities to borrow up to 75 percent of their payrolls that have not been covered by appropriation payments for fiscal year 2010. According to figures from the Illinois comptrollerâ€™s office, state universities are still owed more than $630 million in late payments for the FY10 â€” which ends June 31. The state owes SIU around $106 million in payments. The deadline for the state to make the payments is Aug. 31, but Quinn has requested the FY10 payment deadline be extended to the end of December. Poshard said there will be an emergency meeting of the SIU Board of Trustees on Thursday to approve the borrowing authority. He said it would take around 30 days after the BOT meeting before the university would begin the borrowing process. There will still be paperwork to go through after the BOT meeting, along with
meetings with firms to help the university get on the market, Poshard said. â€œThe borrowing would be sent out to several entities that loan money, and weâ€™ll take what we can get at the cheapest rate,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™ll be looking at the lowest rates we can get, but we wonâ€™t know how that works until we get out there on the market and see.â€? SIUC chancellor Rita Cheng said the bill would allow the university to continue at a high standard as it works to create a budget for fiscal year 2010. â€œIt will allow us to continue to operate at a high-quality standard and make sure we keep all of our programs intact while the state continues to look for ways to support the universities,â€? she said. â€œIt allows us to manage until the state funding issue continues to be discussed in Springfield.â€? Please see BUDGET | 2
â€˜100 Menâ€™ help raise more than 40K at live auction
DIANA SOLIWON Daily Egyptian
Hundreds of people attended Carbondaleâ€™s first â€œ100 Men Who Cook,â€? a Boys and Girls Club fundraising event sponsored by Old National Bank, on Saturday at the Student Center Ballrooms. For $60 a ticket, attendees could feast on 100 signature dishes made by Carbondale residents, including Mayor Brad Cole and Athletic Director Mario Moccia, during a live auction and band performance. One auction package included limo transportation and courtside tickets to the University of Illinois vs. SIU basketball game Nov. 14 in Champaign, while another was a trip for two to Las Vegas from Oct. 14 to Oct. 17. â€œCâ€™mon you cheapskates!â€? womenâ€™s golf coach Diane Dougherty joked while auctioneering. â€œDonâ€™t tell me you canâ€™t contribute more toward this great cause.â€? Old National presented the Boys and Girls Club with a check for $41,642.39 at the end of the night â€” far surpassing its original goal of $30,000, said Mindy Combs, an Old National banker and chairperson of the event.
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Former chancellor Sam Goldman (above) laughs at womenâ€™s golf coach Diane Dougherty while they led the live auction, which totaled more than $20,000 in value.
Neckers fire causes more than $1 million in damages RYAN VOYLES Daily Egyptian The entire C-Wing of the Neckers Building remains closed after a fire started in one of the labs last Wednesday. Damages are estimated to be more than $1 million and repairs are expected to last several months. Rod Sievers, university spokesman for SIUC, said the estimates for damages are at least $500,000 to $600,000 in room 102 â€” the laboratory where the fire started â€” as well as $500,000 to $600,000 for equipment. He said insurance will cover most of the cost, but some of the equipment was not insured because of its age. Crews will not be able to begin moving debris until next week because the universityâ€™s insurance company needs to examine the damage, Sievers said. He said some-
one would be coming in this week to take air samples in the C-Wing, as the smells of smoke and chemicals remain strong. â€œWe want to make sure the area is alright for human accessibility, if you will,â€? Sievers said. â€œI would imagine the major part of the clean up will begin next week, and weâ€™ll probably have a better timeline of when everything can be completed then.â€? He said the first steps of the clean up involve the removal of asbestos around the pipes and in the ceiling. Sievers said a third-party might have to come in for the clean up because of the â€˜specialtyâ€™ of the incident. Despite the expected months of clean up, Sievers said he does not believe it would seriously affect faculty or students over the summer. â€œI think some people are out of their places, but its summer school and that gives plenty of room to
move things around,â€? he said. â€œI think the general consensus is that we expect to have everything operational again by the time fall comes around.â€? The fire likely started when the cleaning chemical a student used was ignited by an unknown heat source, Sievers said. He said the investigation is ongoing, but was unsure if the cause would ever be discovered. The student was unharmed by the fire, but was examined by the medical staff on scene after saying he inhaled some chemicals. He was released shortly afterwards, Sievers said. The student will not be held responsible for the fire, Sievers said. â€œItâ€™s obvious it was an accident; we understand that,â€? he said.
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Carbondale firefighters exit Neckers Building Wednesday after they responded and extinguished a chemical fire in the chemistry lab. The building was evacuated and one person was treated for a minor injury. Repairs to the building are expected to cost more than $1 million and last several months. EVAN DAVIS DAILY EGYPTIAN
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Cheng said the university would still be preparing its upcoming budget in a “prudent and conservative manner”, regardless of the bill. Poshard said although the bill “settled” quite a bit of fear, it still is not perfect. “It is, unfortunately, more of a stop-gap measure, because it doesn’t solve the problem,” he said. “But it gives us the money to effectively manage our budget, and we do not have to miss payroll.” Poshard said the budget would still have to be managed properly, and the possibility of furloughs and layoffs at the universities were still being discussed. “We’re still going to have to tighten our belts, there’s no question about that,” he said. “But we will continue doing this year what we did last year ... but this (bill) gives us some hope that we’ll be able to get through this crisis until the time the state passes an income tax increase or something like that. “Without the borrowing bill, I don’t think the budget would have been manageable at this time, short of some substantial layoffs and furloughs, and we don’t want to go through that,” Poshard said.
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· The Swamp Tigers, today · Hot Sauce, June 16 · The Parsley and Sagebrush Bang, June 23 · All are held in the Town Square Pavillion
· June 12, 19, 26 in the Town Square
SIUC University Museum Free Summer Programs 2010
· All programs begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at noon Wednesdays · The Museum Story Book, June 16 in the museum · Making Music, June 23 in the museum · All Sorts of Print Makers, June 30 in the museum graphics lab · Library Explorers, July 7 in Morris Library · Giant Sculpture Challenge, July 14 in the museum · Summer Plantquest Book, July 21 in the University Plant House and July 28 in the museum · A Little Bit of Everything, August 4 in the museum · Pre-registration for each event is required. Call the museum at 618-453-5388.
· June 17, 19, 25, 27, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. · Visit www.playhouse.siuc.edu for tickets and more information.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
· Hilarious music as contestants and selected members of the audience spell their way to the championship. · July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. · Visit www.playhouse.siuc.edu for tickets and more information.
The Wizard of Oz
· July 29, 30, 31, August 1, 2, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. · Visit www.playhouse.siuc.edu for tickets and more information.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
HOT RODS CRUISE THOUGH SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ON NATIONWIDE TOUR
ee www. dailyegyptian. com for video coverage of the Hot Rod Power Tour. Thousands of classic and modern muscle cars roll through DuQuoin Monday on the third stop of Hot Rod Magazine’s 2010 Power Tour. The Hot Rod Power Tour has taken place annually since 1995 and is a seven-day, seven-city tour that brings America’s hot rods out to the streets in a rolling car show that travels thousands of miles. The 2010 Power Tour started in Newton, Ia., June 5 and will finish 1,000 miles away in Mobile, Al., at the end of the week. JAMES DURBIN DAILY EGYPTIAN
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Defense attorney: Blagojevich ‘didn’t take a dime’ MICHAEL TARM MIKE ROBINSON The Associated Press
C H IC AG O — Rod Blagojevich is an honest man who “didn’t take a dime” but had the bad judgment to trust the wrong people, the former Illinois governor’s fiery attorney said Tuesday at his corruption trial. Blagojevich will also take the stand on his own behalf, not just let a lawyer speak for him, defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. said in his opening statements. “The guy ain’t corrupt,” Adam whispered, after slamming his hand down. He said the ousted governor’s wife, Patti Blagojevich, will
take the stand as well. Adam, who punctuated his opening remarks by waving his arm and pointing his fingers with his arm extended, said Blagojevich was fooled by those close to him. Now-convicted influence peddler Antoin “Tony” Rezko helped raise money for lots of political candidates, including Blagojevich, Adam said. But he told jurors that “not a single penny” of ill-gotten money went into Blagojevich’s campaign fund or his own pockets. “You have to be comatose not to figure out how to get a dollar out of $52 billion,” Adam said, referring to the state budget. “But who didn’t? Him!” he said indicating his client.
Adam says Blagojevich thought Rezko knew campaign laws because he was so good at raising money. Rezko has since been convicted of skimming campaign contributions and seeking personal kickbacks from companies. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. He also denies that he plotted to turn his power as governor into a moneymaking scheme for himself and insiders. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 415 years in prison and fines totaling $6 million. A federal prosecutor told jurors earlier that Blagojevich sought to use his power as governor to get ben-
efits for himself and his inner circle through “a series of illegal shakedowns.” And when Obama was elected — meaning the governor could appoint his successor to the Senate — Blagojevich’s “golden ticket arrived,” prosecutor Carrie E. Hamilton said. In her opening statement, Hamilton methodically laid out what she called a pattern of lying, scheming and extortion that consumed the former governor’s time in office, and intensified as his personal financial troubles deepened. “When he was supposed to be asking, ‘What about the people of Illinois,’ he was asking, ‘What about me?’” Hamilton said. She told jurors that Blagojevich
sought to arrange deals in which entities that got state funding or approvals would then contribute to his campaign, that he sought to line the pockets of himself and his closest allies, and that he lied to the FBI when questioned about his fundraising activities. “In each one of these shakedowns, the message was clear .... ‘Pay up or no state action,’” she said. The ousted governor sat listening with his head down, scribbling notes as the prosecutor spoke. In referring to federal authorities, and their might against Blagojevich, Adam told jurors the same people that were chasing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were chasing him.
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Saluki Insider The 2010 World Cup kicks off Friday as host South Africa takes on Mexico. What team do you think will take the Cup?
I think Argentina will take the cup. Leo Messi is a great goal scorer surrounded by a team capable of producing lots of offensive opportunities. I expect them to outscore every opponent they face, though they will have their hands full with Nigeria being in the same group.
As much as it pains me to say, the U.S. will not win. Spain has to be the clear favorite coming into the tournament. It has nine of the top players in the world, and is 37-1-2 in its last 40 matches. And it is still dominating teams without Torres, arguably the best player in the world. Barring an upset, Spain should win the Cup. Might I add, go America and (to a lesser extent) Germany! Any team that calls themselves ‘Die Mannschaft’ with a straight face deserves to win something.
North Korea will win the World Cup for one reason: Kim Jong Il. Sure, he doesn’t play soccer (or futbol), but he looks like a man one would not want to disappoint. If the North Korean soccer team comes home as failures, it could face harsh and random consequences from Mr. Jong Il, especially if he is anything like his puppet portrayal in “Team America.” Speaking of Team America, I hope they win the Cup.
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WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA 2010 ENGLAND VS. UNITED STATES
1:30 p.m. Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on ABC
SLOVANIA VS. UNITED STATES
9 a.m. Friday, June 18 at Ellis Park on ESPN
UNITED STATES VS. ALGERIA
9 a.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on ESPN
International intrigue for World Cup RYAN SIMONIN Daily Egyptian Though the 2010 World Cup will be hosted thousands of miles away in South Africa, international students at SIUC are excited and prepared to celebrate the worldâ€™s most popular sporting event starting Friday. T.J. Momoh, a graduate student in electrical engineering from Nigeria, said he plans to watch the World Cup at a friendâ€™s house. He said he is especially excited about this yearâ€™s World Cup because it will be the first time an African country hosts the event. â€œI am ecstatic about the World Cup being in Africa this year,â€? Momoh said. â€œI know there were bids to do it a few years back but now it is
t is a chance for everybody in the world to see how far Africa has come. â€” Yassin Elshazali sophomore from Sudan studying economics
finally happening.â€? Yassin Elshazali, a sophomore from Sudan studying economics, said he plans on inviting his friends to his house to watch the games. He said he waits every four years just to watch the World Cup and this time it is monumental for the whole continent. â€œIt is a chance for everybody in the world to see how far Africa has come,â€? Elshazali said. â€œPeople outside of Africa will come to see the World Cup and they will see the big
improvements that Africa has made in its economy, education and everything else.â€? Elshazali said he supports the Brazilian team but expects Argentina and Spain to be tough opponents. Momoh said the tournament offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many Africans as many of the continentâ€™s population have dreamed of attending a World Cup. There are six countries that are representing Africa and Momoh said
he will root for the home teams. â€œWe have six African countries competing in the World Cup and they are all pretty good teams,â€? Momoh said. â€œI am really liking our chances right now but we will just have to watch and see.â€? Momoh said he is also going to watch the United States national team in its first-round game against England. He said the United States has defeated some tough teams recently and anticipates a good matchup between the two countries. Haoming Qin, a junior from China studying automotive technology, said he is rooting for England after China failed to qualify for the World Cup. â€œEven though I am from China, China will never win a World Cup.â€?
BASEBALL CAMP BRINGS KIDS TO CAMPUS
Saluki head coach Dan Callahan throws soft toss to Carson Pearson, of Cambria, member of the Carterville Pinto Team, during the Saluki Baseball Clinic Tuesday at Abe Martin Field. â€œForemost we want them to have fun. Our goal is to teach baseball along the way â€” give them a different perspective than they would get during the summer (leagues),â€? said Callahan. The camp is aimed at children ages 7-13 and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday. DAN DWYER DAILY EGYPTIAN
Quin said. â€œI would like to see England win because they have good players and have won before.â€? Momoh said he was not surprised when he heard about the stampede of fans that occurred before the exhibition between Nigeria and North Korea over the weekend. Though there are always dangers involved in hosting a World Cup, Momoh said it is still good for Africa. â€œIt is the World Cup and things like this are bound to happen,â€? Momoh said. â€œIt is disappointing to hear about people acting so uncivil and desperate but people will do anything to attend the World Cup.â€?
Ryan Simonin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-3311 ext. 282.
OTHER SIUC SPONSORED CAMPS CAMP LITTLE GIANT CAMP OLYMPIA I June 6-11 For adults 21 and older with high care needs, low mobility or those using wheelchairs. CAMP OLYMPIA II June 6-18 For the same populations, at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
BIG DAWG DAY CAMP
9 a.m. to noon, June 7-9 Student Recreation Center Basketball camp includes games and competitions to help girls in grades 3-8 learn the fundamentals of basketball.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays June 7-18 Engineering building or outside Students grades 9-12 will learn about the theory, application, construction and operation of hovercraft and will work in teams to build hovercrafts.
Published on Jun 8, 2010