Illinois

Illinois / Homeland Security
1:05 pm
Fri November 25, 2011

Illinois wants to "engage statewide community" in homeland security planning

Illinois Emergency Management Agency director Jonathon Monken.
(IEMA website)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

Illinois is asking for broad input on homeland security planning.  
 
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken says he wants to engage the whole statewide community, not just those whose job it is to make sure Illinois is prepared.  In the past, the state took comments primarily from first responders and public health officials.  But Monken says this time, his agency wants to also hear from businesses, faith based groups and individual residents.  
 

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Illinois Gambling
11:56 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Quinn opposes slot machines at racetracks

Horses race around the track at Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville, Ill.
(Robert Altman)

Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn't support slot machines at Illinois racetracks.

Quinn on Monday discussed his objections to a gambling bill passed by lawmakers but not yet sent to him.

Quinn laid out a framework for gambling expansion that includes five new casinos in Chicago, southern Cook County, Lake County, Rockford and Danville.

He says the Illinois Gaming Board should choose the location in Lake County and not the Park City location passed by lawmakers.

Quinn also says he opposes slot machines at Chicago's O'Hare or Midway airports.

Ill. superintendents
10:21 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Ill. school officials won't appeal court ruling on pay

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Illinois's 44 regional superintendents have decided not to appeal a court ruling that upheld Gov. Pat Quinn's right to cut funding for their salaries from the current state budget.

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Illinois / Pat Quinn / China
12:12 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Quinn announces business agreements in China

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

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced two business agreements between Chinese and American companies.

Quinn was in Beijing during an eight-day trade mission Monday.

He says China-based Goldwind plans to build a $200 million wind farm in Lee County in north-central Illinois. Construction on the Shady Oaks project begins this fall.

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Illinois Unemployment Data
12:33 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Ill. unemployment up sharply to 9.9 percent

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Illinois' unemployment rate shot up almost half a percentage point in August to 9.9 percent. And state officials are blaming the continuing struggles of the national economy and weak consumer confidence.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that Illinois' unemployment rate surged from 9.5 percent in July.

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Illinois Electric Rates / Pat Quinn
12:05 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Quinn throws "off switch" with veto on bill to raise Ill. electric rates

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Updated 1:25 p.m.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has followed through on his promise to veto legislation electric utilities fought hard to pass.  Quinn says it would be too costly for power customers.

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Developing: Ill. closures
1:20 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Quinn to close seven state institutions, lay off 1,900 workers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, shown here taking the oath of office, has announced plans to lay off 1,900 workers and close seven state facilities as part of an ongoing budget battle with lawmakers.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford and WBEZ's Sam Hudzik was used in this story.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he will need to lay off 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities to live within a budget sent to him by the General Assembly.

"Decisions made by members of the General Assembly I may or may not agree with, but once they have adopted their budget, it is now the law of our state," Quinn told reporters in Chicago today. "We have to implement this in a responsible manner."

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Illinois State Workers
12:08 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Judge rules against Ill. union on canceled raises for state workers

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A federal judge has ruled against state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in union contracts.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Thursday it will appeal the ruling.

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Illinois budget
5:05 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

State job cuts, facility closures possible in Ill.

Ill. gov. Pat Quinn says job reductions are possible to help the state close a record budget gap. Sources tell the Chicago Tribune that state facilities may also be closed.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated with comments from Quinn, unions and lawmakers.

Reporting from WBEZ's Sam Hudzik and Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford was used in this report.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says job reductions will be necessary to help Illinois deal with a record budget deficit.

Sources told the Chicago Tribune that thousands of state workers could receive layoff notices.

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Illinois lawmakers go to Cuba
11:47 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Group of Ill. lawmakers heads to Cuba for "trade mission"

Ill. Rep. Jack Franks.
(Illinois General Assembly website)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

About a dozen Illinois state lawmakers are headed to Cuba this week for what's being called a trade mission.

Representative Jack Franks says the visit could boost state exports to Cuba.  The Democrat from Woodstock will be leading the week-long trip.  It's been 12 years since former Governor George Ryan traveled to Cuba in a high profile effort to build a new market for Illinois' farm economy.  Franks says trade with Cuba has fallen off since then.

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