Pat Quinn

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

Quinn OKs bill to restore superintendents' pay

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

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

An interior view of the dome at the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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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.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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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Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
4:34 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Ill. lawmakers OK electricity measure despite veto

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Updated 4:38 with more information about the legislation.

Illinois lawmakers have approved major changes to the state's electricity system over Gov. Pat Quinn's veto.

Both the House and Senate voted to override the governor Wednesday.

They rejected Quinn's argument that the legislation guarantees unfair profits to power companies and seriously weakens the oversight power of state regulators.

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Ill. regional superintendents
5:58 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Ill. House panel votes to restore superintendents' pay

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Illinois lawmakers have taken the first steps toward restoring salaries for the state's regional superintendents.

A House committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would take the salaries out of a special tax fund for local government.

Now the full House will consider the plan.

Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power to eliminate salaries for regional superintendents and their assistants. He said the state shouldn't pay for local officials when money is so tight.

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Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
3:51 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Ill. Senate OKs changes to electricity measure

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

The Illinois Senate has approved changes intended to help revive electricity legislation vetoed by the governor.

The changes passed 37-20 Tuesday, despite opposition from Gov. Pat Quinn.

At issue is a plan to let power companies raise rates to pay for infrastructure improvements, including high-tech changes called "Smart Grid." Critics say the plan guarantees unfair profits and weakens state regulators.

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Illinois Government
5:57 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Quinn appoints Illinois transportation secretary

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

Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a new leader for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Quinn on Monday named Ann Schneider to be secretary of the state transportation department. Schneider has been acting secretary since July and previously was chief of operations for the department. Schneider also was chief fiscal officer for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.

The governor also named John Holton as director of the Illinois Department on Aging.

Quinn also made other appointments, including:

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