Pat Quinn

Illinois
9:49 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Court rules Ill. public works plan is legal

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
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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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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19, 2011. The local sponsor reported overtopping of the levee to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the morning of June 19.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo)

Missouri River tributaries face greater flood risk this summer

Hundreds of tributaries that feed the congested Missouri River face a greater-than-normal flood risk this summer because of water levels that have kept smaller rivers from draining.

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Illinois budget cuts
8:21 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Ill. Gov. Quinn's budget cuts to hospitals aren't set

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Reporting by Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

The cuts Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made to hospitals probably won’t be the final deal. The administration is using the move in an effort to further its agenda.

Illinois reimburses hospitals when they take on low-income patients who are on Medicaid, and state law sets the rate hospitals are to be paid.

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FOID Cards
2:39 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Quinn signs bill keeping names of registered gun owners private

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation keeping the names of registered gun owners in Illinois secret.
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Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that exempts the names of Illinois residents with a Firearms Owner ID card from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

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Illinois State Workers
1:19 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn tries to skip $77 million in raises

The dome of the Illinois State Capitol building.
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Updated 1:39 p.m. and again at 3:27 p.m. with information about union.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis.

The administration notified 14 state agencies and the affected unions that the 2 percent raises won't be paid as required by contract.

Quinn's office said Friday that lawmakers did not provide enough money in the new budget to cover raises for nearly 30,000 employees.

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Illinois State Budget
9:51 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn signs new Ill. state budget, makes changes first

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

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

Mere hours before the start of a new fiscal year, Ill. Governor Pat Quinn signed a new state budget into law. But not without making some changes to it.

Immediately after legislators sent Quinn a budget, he panned it for not spending enough - especially when it comes to education.

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Illinois Gambling
4:15 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Measure to allow slot machines at Ill. racetracks awaits governor's signature

A horse and jockey enter the winner’s circle at Fairmount Park Racetrack on a recent Friday night. If Governor Pat Quinn signs a gambling bill approved by Illinois lawmaker, the track could put in slot machines.
(Robert Altman)

Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and horse tracks used to be the only options for legal gambling.

Then came riverboat casinos.

For years race track owners  in Illinois have asked lawmakers to allow slot machines at their tracks, creating so-called "racinos."

Now all it will take is a signature from Governor Pat Quinn.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, it’s not a sure thing.

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