Pat Quinn

Ill. Regional Superintendents
7:24 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Funding for Ill. superintendents proposed for next year

Ill. Capitol
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Last year Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the salaries for the 44 regional superintendents.

This month, the Illinois State Board of Education has put the appropriation for the officials back into its proposed budget.

Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents president Bob Daiber says he's hopeful the General Assembly will keep the funding line and the governor will approve it.

"We certainly believe we're making our case as to why we are so important as the delivery system of state services to public schools," said Daiber.

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Ill. State of the State
7:59 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Quinn to call for higher dropout age in Ill.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky was used in this story.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will endorse legislation in his State of the State address next week that would raise Illinois' high school dropout age to 18, according to a statement from the Democrat's office.

The proposal would answer a call from fellow Democrat Barack Obama, who in his State of the Union address on Tuesday urged states to keep students in high school long enough for them to get their diploma.

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Meth and Illinois
10:36 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Governor Quinn signs legislation aiming to help stop meth production

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

Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Thursday which aims to help law enforcement officials stop meth production. The bill will make a pilot program permanent that was created to electronically track pseudoephedrine purchases that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The Methamphetamine Precursor Tracking Act went into effect in 2009. The act required pharmacies to track purchases of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine online through the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx). 

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Illinois / Mental Health
4:41 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Quinn to close Jacksonville, Ill. developmental center

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

Governor Pat Quinn announced this afternoon that he plans to close the Jacksonville Developmental Center and Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

Jacksonville is located about 90 miles north of St. Louis.

Quinn's office is calling the closures a "rebalancing."

The Governor plans to move institutionalized patients with developmental disabilities and mental illness to community-based settings.

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Illinois Tax Breaks
12:09 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Quinn signs earned-income tax credit aimed at helping poor Ill. families

An interior look at the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Legislation that's aimed at helping poor Illinois families keep more of what they earn is now law.

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed the legislation that expands the state's earned-income tax credit. It's now 5 percent of the federal credit, would climb to 7.5 percent next year and 10 percent the year after.

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Illinois Pension System
11:33 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Illinois governor urges picks for pension panel

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

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is urging legislative leaders to name lawmakers to a group set up to reform the state's ailing pension system.

Quinn's letter to leaders of the House and Senate says he wants the panel to start working with a top aide on his staff to craft fixes for a system of retirement benefits for state workers that's underfunded by $85 billion.

The letter says it is "critical that we work together this spring" to make the changes.

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"Pension Abuse" / Illinois
11:31 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Quinn signs pension reform into law, aims to end practice of "double-dipping"

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law pension reforms aimed at fixing some loopholes in the system.

The law takes effect immediately. It aims to end the practice of so-called double dipping for public employees. In some cases, employees took leaves to work for their unions but continued to build benefits in government pension systems based on union pay.

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Online lotto sales
3:00 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Ill. wants to start online lotto sales as soon as possible

Officials in Illinois say it'll take three to four months to set up a secure website for online sales of lotto tickets, which the Justice Dept. approved in a legal filing made public on Friday.
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Reporting from Amanda Vinicky in Springfield was used in this report.

Illinois officials are hoping to start online sales for the Illinois Lottery early next year.

The U.S. Department of Justice made public on Friday a legal opinion that supports state-regulated online gambling, such as lotteries. Illinois was one of the states to ask for legal clarification on whether the Wire Act applies to online sales of lotto tickets.

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Ill. legislature
8:40 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Ill. Gov. could sign off on gambling plan, on his terms

Ill Gov. Pat Quinn says he could sign off on a gambling plan, on his terms.
St. Louis Public Radio

One person put a stop to more gambling in Illinois this year.  Gov. Pat Quinn refused to go along with a package that would have added casinos, expanded existing sites and put slot machines at horse tracks.  

Illinois seemed on track for the biggest gaming expansion since riverboat casinos went in the water 20 years ago.  The General Assembly approved it.  But Governor Quinn blocked the attempt.  Quinn wanted less gambling in what was a huge package. 

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Illinois Tax Breaks
4:42 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Quinn signs tax breaks for Sears, CME

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has approved legislation designed to keep key companies from leaving the state.

The Democrat's office announced Friday that Quinn signed tax-break legislation directed at Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

He did not take action on companion legislation that would provide tax relief for individuals and his office did not immediately say when he would.

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