BHC hosts discussion with state, federal legislators

State. Rep. Pat Verschoore, BHC trustee Larry Lorensen, State Sen. Mike Jacobs and BHC trustee Donna Frye.


The Black Hawk College Board of Trustees hosted area legislators Jan. 11 at the college’s annual Legislative Breakfast. Board chair Evelyn Phillips called the special meeting to order in the new Sustainable Technologies Building at the college’s Quad-Cites Campus in Moline.

In attendance were newly elected U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17), a representative from the Springfield office of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), State Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-36), newly elected State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-71), State Rep. Pat Verschoore (D-72), State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-74) and State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-93).

The group met with the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees and college administrators for two hours to discuss a variety of higher education topics, including pension reform, student financial aid and investment in capital projects and instruction.

“Black Hawk College serves all segments of the communities in our district,” said Dr. Thomas Baynum, Black Hawk College president.

“We continue to find ways to meet the needs of our students, and we appreciate the support and understanding of our elected representatives,” he said.

Black Hawk College serves all or part of nine counties in northwestern Illinois, an area consisting of 2,200 square miles and more than 225,000 residents.