Pat Quinn

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.
(via Flickr/syslfrog)

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.
(via Flickr/borman818 )

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.

Morning round-up
9:20 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, August 1, 2011

Ill Gov. Pat Quinn will sign the Illinois Dream Act August 1, 2011 in Chicago.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Quinn to sign Dream Act today

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill that gives illegal immigrants access to private scholarships for college and lets them enroll in state college savings programs. Quinn will visit Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago on Monday to sign the Illinois Dream Act.

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Illinois State Workers
3:43 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Quinn continues to defend budget without raises

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Gov. Pat Quinn is defending signing a budget that state officials say didn't fully fund 12 of 14 agencies even before the Chicago Democrat canceled raises for thousands of state workers.

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Ill. drug control legislation
4:21 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Quinn strengthens anti-drug legislation in Illinois

An interior view of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

The state of Illinois has four new laws that Gov. Pat Quinn says will help crack down on substance abuse.

Quinn signed the following measures into law today:

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, July 22, 2011

Federal prison officials in Springfield, Mo. have resumed forcibly medicating Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner. They say Loughner had become an immediate threat to himself.
U.S Marshals Service

Springfield, Mo. federal prison officials forcibly medicate Loughner

Lawyers for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage say prison officials in Springfield, Mo. have resumed forcibly medicating their client with a psychotropic drug.

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Ill. pay raises
11:39 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Ill. Gov. Quinn ordered to start paying raises to state workers

An arbitrator has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn must give union employees the 2 percent raise included in their contract.
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Updated 1:21 with story from WBEZ.

Reporting from WBEZ's Sam Hudzik used in this report.

A victory today for a public employee union in Illinois.

An arbitrator says Governor Pat Quinn cannot cancel pay raises promised to state workers, but the issue is far from settled.

(Here's a link to the full text of the decision from the arbitrator)

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Ill. casinos
5:32 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Ill. casino opens after battling for gambling license

(via flickr/Jeff Kubina)

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

Illinois' 10th casino is open after years of legal and regulatory fights over its gambling license.

The Rivers Casino officially opened Monday in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. The license had long been dormant since originally being approved for the city of Rosemont in 1999.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he approves of the way the state's gaming board chose the Des Plaines location.

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