Pat Quinn

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.
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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.
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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.

Morning round-up
9:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has reached a deal with lawmakers to keep seven state facilities open through the end of the current fiscal year.
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Quinn and lawmakers reach deal on state facilities

A budget deal reached among Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and lawmakers will save seven state facilities and the jobs at those locations, at least for now.  The plan won General Assembly approval Tuesday.  Quinn had targeted a handful of developmental centers, prisons and psychiatric hospitals for shutdown after the legislature failed to provide enough money to keep them operating. 

Quinn’s budget director, David Vaught, says the deal to shift money in the budget is a better solution…

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Smoking opponents are back to the drawing board in St. Charles County

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Ill. closures
9:43 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Quinn, legislative leaders reach deal to keep state facilities open

Gov. Quinn and legislative leaders have reached a deal to keep seven state facilities open until June, avoiding almost 2,000 layoffs.
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Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn and the state's top four lawmakers have reached a deal to keep seven state facilities open until June.

Quinn had targeted mental health centers and centers and developmentally disabled, as well as a prison in Lincoln, for closure, saying the legislature had failed to appropriate enough money to operate them for the entire year.  The closures could have resulted in nearly 2,000 layoffs.

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Pat Quinn / Gambling Expansion
2:34 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Quinn: "I'm not going to sign what they're peddling" on gambling expansion bill

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

Reporting from WBEZ's Jennifer Brandel used in this report.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he won't sign any gambling expansion bill that doesn't meet his framework.

The gambling expansion bill was narrowly defeated by state legislators a couple weeks ago. Next week, lawmakers are back in session and may try yet again to advance it. Quinn says they shouldn't bother if it still includes slot machines at race tracks .

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