Illinois

Illinois State Workers
1:19 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn tries to skip $77 million in raises

The dome of the Illinois State Capitol building.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Updated 1:39 p.m. and again at 3:27 p.m. with information about union.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis.

The administration notified 14 state agencies and the affected unions that the 2 percent raises won't be paid as required by contract.

Quinn's office said Friday that lawmakers did not provide enough money in the new budget to cover raises for nearly 30,000 employees.

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Illinois Gambling
4:15 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Measure to allow slot machines at Ill. racetracks awaits governor's signature

A horse and jockey enter the winner’s circle at Fairmount Park Racetrack on a recent Friday night. If Governor Pat Quinn signs a gambling bill approved by Illinois lawmaker, the track could put in slot machines.
(Robert Altman)

Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and horse tracks used to be the only options for legal gambling.

Then came riverboat casinos.

For years race track owners  in Illinois have asked lawmakers to allow slot machines at their tracks, creating so-called "racinos."

Now all it will take is a signature from Governor Pat Quinn.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, it’s not a sure thing.

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Lura Lynn Ryan
8:10 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Former Ill. first lady Lura Lynn Ryan dies

Lura Lynn Ryan meets with state troopers in 2007. The former First Lady of Illinois died Monday of lung cancer. She was 76.
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Updated 11:39 a.m. with information that George Ryan was at his wife's side when she died.

The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has died.

An attorney for the governor, Andrea Lyon, confirmed that Lura Lynn Ryan died Monday at a Kankakee hospital. She was 76, and had been diagnosed last year with incurable lung cancer. She'd been hospitalized since Friday and had been on a respirator.

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Illinois traffic laws
12:15 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Ill. Gov. Quinn signs "common sense" traffic safety measures

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed two traffic safety measures Monday. Quinn said in a press release that the new laws are “common sense measures that will help all motorists in Illinois arrive at their destinations safely.”

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Illinois Congressional Redistricting
12:21 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Ill. Gov. Quinn OKs new congressional districts

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 3:41 p.m. with information about pledged lawsuit from Republicans.

The Illinois Republican congressional delegation is deriding Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to approve a new map for U.S. House districts.

The 10 GOP congressmen Illinois Republican congressional delegation in the  pledged a lawsuit in a statement Friday over what they say is a "highly partisan map that tears apart communities."

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Illinois Unemployment Data
1:13 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Illinois metro areas see May jobless rates drop

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State officials say unemployment in all 12 Illinois metro areas dropped in May, and all but three of those regions added jobs or were unchanged.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security put out its monthly metro and county-level unemployment stats Thursday. The department says the biggest decreases last month were in Peoria, Rockford, Danville and the Kankakee-Bradley area.

Rockford remains the area with the highest unemployment rate at 10.7 percent. But that's down from 14.2 percent a year earlier.

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Illinois Unemployment Data
3:05 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Ill. unemployment climbs in May to 8.9 percent

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate increased to 8.9 percent in May. That's up from 8.7 percent just a month earlier and the first monthly increase since January 2010.

The department said Thursday in its monthly release on the statewide unemployment picture that:

Illinois / Bright Start Savings Program
12:45 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Thousands miss out on Ill. college savings offer

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The Illinois treasurer has bad news for thousands of people who put money into college savings accounts last week: They're not getting a matching donation they had expected.

Participants in the Bright Start savings program were told that deposits of up to $250 would be matched dollar for dollar. The offer was limited to the first 2,500 people.

But the Bright Start website didn't display up-to-date information. It showed the matching money was still available even after all 2,500 slots had been filled.

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Illinois Redistricting
5:00 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Quinn approves Ill. legislative redistricting map

A screen capture of the redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps. (See a link to the full map in the story below). This map was approved by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn today.
(Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation redrawing the state legislative districts.

Quinn signed the bill Friday approving a redistricting map that will make life tougher for Illinois Republicans over the next 10 years.

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Illinois Congressional Redistricting
2:29 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Ill. Senate approves congressional map

A screen capture via Google Maps of the proposed Congressional redistricting map passed today by the Illinois Senate. You can interact with the map via the link in the story below.
(Illinois Redistricting Committee via Google Maps)

The Democrat-controlled Illinois Senate has approved new congressional districts that try to erase Republican election gains.

The 34-25 vote Tuesday sends the map to Gov. Pat Quinn.

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