Gov. Pat Quinn

College
2:44 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Illinois Holds College Financial Aid Workshops

Credit Illinois Student Assistance Commission

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.

Experts with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will help families understand and complete the commonly-used FAFSA, or Free Application for Student Aid.

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criminal justice
2:29 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Illinois Sends $7 Million To Prison Diversion Program

The Adult Redeploy Illinois program aims to funnel non-violent offenders away from prison, into local supervision and treatment.
Credit (Flickr/neil conway)

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s office has announced $7 million in grants aimed at funneling non-violent offenders away from prison and into community-based services. 

The funds come through Adult Redeploy Illinois, a program that encourages local jurisdictions to treat and supervise certain offenders, using tools like drug courts and mental health courts.

Quinn's office says the program saves up to $17,000 per year for each offender.

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Politics
9:18 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Rutherford Announces Candidacy For Ill. Gov. Race

Credit www.danrutherford.org

Most of those running for governor in 2014 have already expressed their interest in the job. Only a few have made it official. Congressman Aaron Schock is not running for governor. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is.

“I sense the citizens of Illinois are in depression and frustration with their government," Rutherford said at a Chicago event at the restaurant Harry Caray's downtown.

Rutherford toured the state Sunday as part of his announcement. 

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Transportation
11:36 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Illinois Budget Sets Out $12M Increase For Amtrak

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

One area of state government that's not facing cuts under Illinois's worst-ever budget is its support for passenger rail service.

Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking to increase spending on Amtrak service in the state by $12 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The Bloomington Pantagraph reports  that the 46 percent increase would bring total spending to $38 million for routes from Chicago to St. Louis, Carbondale and Galesburg.

A 2008 federal law requires states to start picking up a larger part of the tab for rail service on routes shorter than 750 miles.

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