Pat Quinn

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.
(via Flickr/ChrisEaves.com)

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.
(via Flickr/ChrisEaves.com)

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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Illinois
9:49 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Court rules Ill. public works plan is legal

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/lilhelen)

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a law that created a $31 billion statewide construction program.

It unanimously rejected arguments that lawmakers improperly mixed together different issues in a single piece of legislation.

The court on Monday said all parts of the law had "a natural and logical connection" to the public works program.

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Illinois State Workers
2:37 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Union asks arbitrator to decide on canceled raises for Ill. state workers

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

A major state employee union has asked an arbitrator to decide whether Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel scheduled raises for thousands of workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sought the ruling Thursday. Quinn announced last week he was canceling the $75 million in raises to help deal with the state's budget crisis.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
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Mo. auditor's office to release review of Kinder expenses

The Missouri auditor's office is releasing its review of Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's travel expenses .

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Illinois State Workers
3:10 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Quinn: Ready for court battle over canceled raises for Ill. state workers

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

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready to go to court over canceling pay raises for nearly 30,000 state workers.

Quinn defended his decision to deny the raises by blaming the General Assembly for not appropriating the necessary money. He said Tuesday the state can't provide the increase unless lawmakers set aside enough money.

The raises are required under state government's union contracts.

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