Pat Quinn

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.

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.
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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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Ill. regional superintendents
5:41 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Quinn OKs bill to restore superintendents' pay

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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It's official. Regional education superintendents across Illinois are going to get paychecks again after more than four months.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday restoring the superintendents' pay.

Quinn eliminated their salaries from the state budget over the summer. He said the state needed the roughly $13 million for other services.

The superintendents and their assistants have not been paid since June.

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Ill. regional superintendents
3:39 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Ill. House OKs alternative pay for school superintendents

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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The Illinois House approved a plan to pay regional school superintendents after Gov. Pat Quinn erased funding for their salaries last summer.

The House voted 74-36 Wednesday to use local property tax funds to pay superintendents and their assistants in 44 regional education offices. It would pay them for just one year.

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Illinois Gambling Legislation
12:35 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Ill. House panel OKs new plan to expand gambling

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Will be updated.

An Illinois House committee has approved a new, smaller gambling plan that backers hope can survive a threatened veto by Gov. Pat Quinn.

It passed 8-2. Democratic Rep. Lou Lang says the measure could be changed even more before a vote by the full House.

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Pat Quinn / Abortion-Rights / Catholic Leaders
2:51 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Quinn: Cardinal George, bishops 'made a mistake'

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Pat Quinn says he thinks Cardinal Francis George and other Catholic leaders "made a mistake" criticizing the governor for agreeing to present an award at a ceremony hosted by an abortion-rights organization.

Quinn on Monday said he wishes George would have contacted him before issuing a statement saying the governor was rewarding those who support "the legal right to kill children in their mothers' wombs." Quinn is to present rape victim Jennie Goodman with an award at a luncheon hosted by Personal PAC, which aims to elect pro-choice candidates.

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Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
2:55 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Quinn wants probe of voting by absent legislators

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Gov. Pat Quinn wants the "monkey business" of absentee voting by Illinois lawmakers investigated after the
Illinois House overrode his veto on legislation that will raise electric rates to pay to modernize the state's power grid.

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Ill. regional superintendents
2:27 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Ill. school superintendent pay legislation fails again

Legislation to restore salaries for regional school superintendents after they were wiped out by Gov. Pat Quinn has failed in the Illinois House.

The vote Thursday was 59 to 55, but lawmakers can vote again later.

A House Committee had approved the legislation on Tuesday.

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