Pat Quinn

Morning round-up
9:28 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (L) welcomes China's Ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong during a state dinner last year. Nixon says Mo. officials expect to finalize billions of dollars of export agreements during an upcoming trip to China.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Nixon to announce details of China trip

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says state officials expect to finalize billions of dollars of export agreements during an upcoming trade trip to China. Nixon plans to announce more details of the trip today during a visit to a Cargill soybean processing facility in Kansas City.

The governor said Monday the trip will allow the state to sign export agreements with Chinese agencies and provide a chance for numerous Missouri businesses to close deals with Chinese customers.

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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.

Illinois / Pat Quinn
12:45 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Quinn to focus on scholarships in veto session

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

Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to make the elimination of state-university scholarships that legislators now give away a high priority in the legislative session that start late this month.

Quinn in August used his amendatory veto power to compel lawmakers to make a decision about the legislative perk.

During an event at the University of Illinois on Friday, Quinn said legislative leaders from both parties should push their members to end the scholarships.

The scholarships have long been a source of ethical and sometimes legal concern.

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Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
12:50 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Quinn urges lawmakers to uphold his veto regarding utility rate hikes

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Reporting from WCBU's Denise Molina-Weiger used in this report.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn is traveling the state urging lawmakers to uphold his veto on a measure that allows Ameren and ComEd to automatically raise electric rates on consumers. The utilities say the rate increases are necessary to help pay for modernizing Illinois’ power grid.

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Illinois State Workers
10:59 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Arbitrator rejects Quinn's layoff, closure plan

An arbitrator has ordered Gov. Pat Quinn to cancel his plan to lay off state employees and close several prisons and mental facilities.

Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled Monday that Quinn's plan would violate his agreement with a major union. The Democratic governor signed a deal last year that promised no layoffs or closures if the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees agreed to various cost-cutting measures.

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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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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Missouri Senate will begin debate Tuesday, September 13 on the "Aerotropolis" tax credit.
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Missouri Senate to debate "Aerotropolis" tax credit today

An analysis shows Missouri could either gain or lose money depending on how a proposed tax credit is implemented for international trade at the St. Louis airport.

Senators met as a large group Monday night to review the cost-benefit projections prepared by the state Department of Economic Development for the so-called "aerotropolis" tax credit.

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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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Morning Round-Up
8:20 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Morning Headlines: Monday, Sept. 12, 2011

The National 9/11 Flag is unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center in February. Survivors of the Joplin tornado put the final stitches in the flag over the weekend.
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Tornado survivors finish National 9/11 flag

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