Friday, March 1, 2013
Friends of Michael Fairbanks voiced grief, love and fond memories on Twitter this week, after the 19-year-old Tri-Cities resident and Elgin Community College student was found dead Tuesday in an Elburn home.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin touts his “Know Before You Owe” bill, which would require all colleges and universities to provide the type of financial aid counseling Elgin Community College has to curb student debt in District 509, which includes St. Charles.
Elgin Community College’s efforts to limit the debt load of its students won praise Friday from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. The college district, which includes St. Charles, already has a six-year head start on a bill he has introduced aimed at curbing the devastating impact student loans can have. Durbin has decried the nation’s mounting debt for student loans, which has grown to $1 trillion and has seen the greatest acceleration among those attending for-profit schools, many of which provide their graduates with degrees that are virtually worthless. While not minimizing personal accountability, Durbin said young, inexperienced adults are being exploited, pressed into making student loan decisions that will affect them for much of the rest of …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
While visiting Fox Valley, senator says gun control is only part of the solution to mass violence.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said on Friday that he would rather see Congress arrive at a “sensible solution” on curbing gun violence than see the president issue some kind of executive order attempting to remedy the problem. Still, in light of the power wielded by the NRA and the gun industry, which many congressmen will not stand up to, Durbin said he would support President Barack Obama if he does issue executive orders in an attempt to rein in gun violence. “Whatever it takes to keep our streets and schools safe, I’ll support,” he said. “But I hope that we could do it in the the normal congressional process,” he added. “I know that it’s tough. I know the politics on this issue very, very well, and I know some of my colleagues are not prepared…