Pat Quinn

Developing: Ill. closures
1:20 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Quinn to close seven state institutions, lay off 1,900 workers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, shown here taking the oath of office, has announced plans to lay off 1,900 workers and close seven state facilities as part of an ongoing budget battle with lawmakers.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford and WBEZ's Sam Hudzik was used in this story.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he will need to lay off 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities to live within a budget sent to him by the General Assembly.

"Decisions made by members of the General Assembly I may or may not agree with, but once they have adopted their budget, it is now the law of our state," Quinn told reporters in Chicago today. "We have to implement this in a responsible manner."

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Illinois State Workers
12:08 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Judge rules against Ill. union on canceled raises for state workers

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A federal judge has ruled against state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in union contracts.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Thursday it will appeal the ruling.

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over website, such as Facebook.
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Mo. Senate to consider new measure repealing teacher social media restrictions

A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a contentious new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over websites such as Facebook. The Senate Education Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the law.

The action comes after  a Mo. judge issued an order in September blocking the new law from taking effect, citing concerns that it could violate free speech rights.

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Illinois budget
5:05 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

State job cuts, facility closures possible in Ill.

Ill. gov. Pat Quinn says job reductions are possible to help the state close a record budget gap. Sources tell the Chicago Tribune that state facilities may also be closed.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated with comments from Quinn, unions and lawmakers.

Reporting from WBEZ's Sam Hudzik and Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford was used in this report.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says job reductions will be necessary to help Illinois deal with a record budget deficit.

Sources told the Chicago Tribune that thousands of state workers could receive layoff notices.

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Illinois / Pat Quinn
3:22 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Illinois governor grants 74 clemencies, denies 99

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

Gov. Pat Quinn has granted 74 clemencies and denied 99 petitions, chipping away at a backlog of more than 2,500 cases in Illinois.

Quinn's office says that the 173 cases he addressed on Friday come from dockets ranging from 2004 to 2007. More than 2,500 clemency cases built up under Quinn's predecessor, ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Quinn has acted on 1,529 clemency petitions since taking office. He has granted 591 and denied 938.

Morning round-up
9:24 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 25, 2011

A dispute over salaries for Ill. regional superintendents is headed back to court.
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Dispute over Ill. regional superintendent salaries heads to court

The superintendents have sued the state in an effort to restore salaries that were cut by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn. The latest hearing is scheduled for this afternoon in Springfield.

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Illinois Politics / Illinois State Fair
11:59 am
Thu August 18, 2011

At Illinois State Fair, Illinois GOP says budget, economy key issues for next year

A view of the 2011 Illinois State Fair.
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Illinois Republicans say the state budget and national economy are key to their political fortunes next year.

They hope to chip away at the Democratic majority in the state legislature and protect the congressional seats they picked up in 2010.

As they gathered at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday, Republican leaders accused Democrats of mismanaging the Illinois budget. They criticized the recent income tax increase and Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to borrow money to pay overdue bills that are piling up.

Illinois Gambling / Horse Racing
1:34 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Ill. gambling bill still up in the air while horse racing industry gets influx of cash

Horses race to the finish line at Fairmount Park Racetrack. The Jumbotron shows the action, and its age in the background. About $14 million will go to the racetrack in a recent account release. Some of the money will be used for upgrades and repairs.
(Robert Altman)

A decision by lawmakers to approve a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois has been followed by two months of delay as Gov. Pat Quinn studies the measure and decides where he stands.

Quinn has met with a revolving door of supporters and opponents, but he's given no details on what changes he'd like to see. Skeptical lawmakers continue to use a legislative maneuver to hang onto the bill until Quinn explains what he wants.

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Illinois / Legislative Scholarships
1:30 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Quinn uses veto pen on legislative scholarships

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

Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to use his veto power to end the long practice of Illinois lawmakers handing out college scholarships.

Quinn vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have imposed mild restrictions on the program. He returned it to lawmakers with new language that would halt the scholarships entirely.

Now it's up to the General Assembly to decide whether to accept this proposal or keep waiving tuition for select students.

Abandoned Bank Accounts
5:28 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Ill. to begin seizing abandoned cash after 1 year

A new measure says Ill. can take control of abandoned funds after just one year, rather than five. The rightful owner will still be able to claim the money, but the state will collect interest on the funds.
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Forgotten bank accounts could be put to work for taxpayers much more quickly under a new Illinois law.

The measure says the state can take control of abandoned funds after just one year instead of five years. The rightful owners can claim the money if they ever show up, but Illinois will get to collect interest on the funds.

Gov. Quinn signed the law Monday.

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