Pat Quinn http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-faces-surprising-struggle-raise-minimum-wage <p class="p1">U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin knows firsthand the difficulty in getting a minimum wage increase passed through a legislative body.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Democrat was unsuccessful in getting the U.S. Senate to increase the federal minimum wage this year. Even <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/us/politics/senate-minimum-wage-bill.html?_r=0" target="_blank">if Senate Republicans hadn’t filibustered that effort,</a> it would likely have gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled House.</span></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:24:57 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37753 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage Quinn’s Tax Refund Plan Locks Out Most Illinois Renters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-s-tax-refund-plan-locks-out-most-illinois-renters <p style="margin-bottom: 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to give Illinois homeowners’ a guaranteed $500 property tax refund could leave most renters out in the cold, according to tax experts and renters’ rights groups.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:26:19 +0000 WBEZ 34874 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn’s Tax Refund Plan Locks Out Most Illinois Renters Quinn Pushes To Extend Illinois Income Tax Increase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-pushes-extend-illinois-income-tax-increase <p>Illinois residents would continue paying a 5-percent income tax rate under the much-anticipated budget proposal Gov. Pat Quinn presented Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Illinois' income tax rate is supposed to expire in January, midway through the fiscal year. But Quinn says that would cause "savage cuts" to schools and other critical state services.&nbsp;Instead, the governor wants to make the higher income tax rate permanent.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:34:19 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press & Amanda Vinicky 34754 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Pushes To Extend Illinois Income Tax Increase In Illinois GOP primary, Rauner Wins Tight Race For Governor While Oberweis Takes Senate Nod http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-gop-primary-rauner-wins-tight-race-governor-while-oberweis-takes-senate-nod <p>Wealthy businessman<a href="http://brucerauner.com/about/"> Bruce Rauner</a> narrowly won Illinois’ Republican primary for governor, with <a href="http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/governor/illinois/#.Uykf0YXyGSo">final returns Tuesday night showing him hovering around 40 percent of the vote in the four-way contest</a>.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:21:59 +0000 Jo Mannies 34548 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Illinois GOP primary, Rauner Wins Tight Race For Governor While Oberweis Takes Senate Nod In Illinois, A Governor's Luck Gets Tested Again http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-governors-luck-gets-tested-again The numbers look bad for Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.<p>Illinois has remained in lousy shape throughout Quinn's five years in office.<p>The state's jobless rate is the <a href="http://illinoispolicy.org/illinois-has-the-highest-jobless-rate-in-the-midwest/">worst in the Midwest</a> and among the highest in the country. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:07:13 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 34468 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Illinois, A Governor's Luck Gets Tested Again Illinois Holds College Financial Aid Workshops http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-holds-college-financial-aid-workshops-0 <p></p><p></p><p>Illinois governor Pat Quinn has announced free workshops across the state for college students and their parents to get advice on acquiring financial aid. The workshops will be conducted throughout February, which is Financial Aid Awareness Month.</p><p>Experts with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will help families understand and complete the commonly-used FAFSA, or Free Application for Student Aid.</p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 20:44:26 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 33420 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Holds College Financial Aid Workshops Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-says-illinois-making-comeback-republicans-say-not-fast-enough <p>A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.</p><p>Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback." It's also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.</p><p>Quinn says he's helped restore integrity to state government.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:54:25 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press & Amanda Vinicky 33347 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough Illinois Sends $7 Million To Prison Diversion Program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-sends-7-million-prison-diversion-program <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-farea Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:29:07 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 32628 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Sends $7 Million To Prison Diversion Program Quinn Names Panel That Will Review Objections To Concealed-Carry Permit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-names-panel-will-review-objections-concealed-carry-permit <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed the seven men and women he wants to review objections raised by local or state police to applications for concealed-carry permits.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:11:06 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32604 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Names Panel That Will Review Objections To Concealed-Carry Permit Illinois Residents Experience Glitches In New Online Healthcare Exchange http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-residents-experience-glitches-new-online-healthcare-exchange <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony Arnold contributed reporting from Chicago.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some Illinois residents trying to sign up for health insurance through the new exchange program yesterday ran &nbsp;into technical glitches.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Consumers reported waits of 20 minutes or more on the hotline, or errors while trying to access the website.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn called the glitches an expected part of rolling out a new program this large.</span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:21:30 +0000 WBEZ 30348 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Residents Experience Glitches In New Online Healthcare Exchange