Pat Quinn

Illinois Death Penalty
4:08 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Quinn says will act on death penalty this week

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Pat Quinn says he will act this week on a bill that would abolish executions in Illinois.

Quinn said Monday that he's "going to act" this week, but not Tuesday. He said there's still information he wants to read and research he wants to do before acting on the legislation.

The legislation reaches Quinn after former Gov. George Ryan dramatically cleared the state's death row in 2000.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of Westboro Baptist Church, during a protest. Despite a U.S. supreme court ruling Wed. in favor of such demonstrators, St. Charles and St. Charles County leaders say they will fight the protests.
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  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Charles and St. Charles County leaders say they will push ahead in the fight against anti-gay protests at military funerals. That's a despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday in favor of such demonstrators. In an 8-to-1 ruling, the high court said Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church doesn't have to pay damages to the family of a Marine from Maryland.
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Illinois
3:39 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Quinn waited to sign state budgeting law, timing draws criticism

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, left, at his inauguration ceremony on Jan. 10, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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

A new Illinois law is supposed to clamp down on state government's habit of overspending. But, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn waited until after his budget presentation to sign it.

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Illinois School Transportation Cuts
4:42 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Slashing school transportation spending could hurt instruction, school officials say

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

School officials say Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's decision to slash school transportation spending could hurt instruction, even though he wants to increase the amount the state spends per pupil.

The budget Quinn unveiled in Springfield yesterday cuts $95 million from the state school busing fund.

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Illinois Budget Address
6:13 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Tune in tonight! Illinois Annual Budget Address

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

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his annual state budget address today in Springfield.

Join us tonight at 7 p.m.  for a broadcast the full address on 90.7 FM or online here.

You can also follow along and read the full text of the Governor's address here.

So far, here are some reactions to Quinn's budget:

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Pujols reportedy rejects contract offer, Mo lawmakers to discuss "school bullying" legislation, Quinn to deliver budget address this week

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will enter spring training on Wednesday with no deal in place with the Cardinals. (via Wikimedia Commons/ Rafael Amado)
  • It appears that first basemen Albert Pujols will enter spring training on Wednesday with no deal in place with the St. Louis Cardinals. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a source familiar with negotiations confirmed Pujols recently rejected the team's contract extension offer. If so, talks presumably would halt Feb. 15 because of a deadline put in place by Pujols' agent. And the likelihood of the three-time National League Most Valuable Player reaching free agency after the upcoming season would increase. There was no comment from the Cardinals on Sunday night. According to reports, Pujols wants a 10-year deal.
  • Missouri lawmakers are calling for efforts to combat school bullying. Legislators are expected to hold a new conference today in the state Capitol building to discuss legislation. One proposal would develop definitions for "cyber-bullying" and instruct schools to develop policies to combat online bullying. The efforts are backed by the Safe Schools Coalition, which represents 40 organizations across Missouri.
  • Illinois Republicans are criticizing Governor Pat Quinn ahead of his budget address. Quinn is scheduled to lay out his proposed state spending plan for the next year on Wednesday. Last month, Quinn signed a bill raising income and corporate taxes to help balance the state's multi-billion dollar deficit. Republican State Senator Matt Murphy says he wants Quinn to repeal the tax increases and make more spending cuts. Murphy says given the state's budget problems, he would be open to cutting education funding. Meantime, Quinn says he's made $3 billion in budget cuts since taking office.

Morning round-up
9:32 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Morning headlines: Coleman trial postponed, STL city leaders blasting Nixon, no charges in Martin overdose death, IL Gov Quinn releases docs on budget cuts

Christopher Coleman's trial has been postponed so defense attorneys can review DNA evidence. A hearing is scheduled for April 15. (flickr/SLPRnews)
  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a judge has postponed the trial of Christopher Coleman, who's accused of killing his wife and sons. His defense lawyers asserted they needed more time to examine DNA evidence. Jury selection in the trial was to begin Tuesday. On Thursday, the judge also denied a defense effort to exclude Coleman's taped six-hour interview with Columbia police on May 5, 2009, the day the bodies were found in the family's home.
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Illinois Tax Amnesty
6:06 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Tax amnesty program tops revenue estimates

via Flickr/alancleaver_2000

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon also used in this report.

A plan to collect money from Illinois tax deadbeats produced more than expected.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Monday that offering delinquent taxpayers a chance to pay up without punishment brought in $314 million. It was originally expected to produce about $250 million.

Experts believe much of that overdue tax money would have been collected eventually. The amnesty program simply brought it in faster.

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Illinois Supreme Court
4:15 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Illinois Supreme Court stay halts capital bill ruling enforcement

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

According to an Illinois Supreme court stay issued today (which you can read below), the state can continue collecting higher taxes on liquor, coffee and grooming products.  But that may be only temporary.

The tax bumps have been in place since 2009.

Lawmakers intended for them, as well as proceeds from the legalization of video poker, to pay for a $31 billion infrastructure plan. 

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Morning News Round-up
9:45 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Morning Headlines: Major winter storm, Ed Martin enters Senate race, Civil unions legal in Ill.

Snow plows stand at the ready for the Missouri Department of Transportation. A major winter storm is expected to hit the St. Louis area, beginning with freezing rain, later today. (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Good morning! Here are some headlines to start your week:

  • Missouri is bracing for a winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow on the ground before it's over. Doug Tilly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the brunt of the storm is going to be Tuesday into Tuesday night and much of Missouri and Illinois are going to get some part of the storm.

We would strongly suggest not planning to get out of your home for a couple days after this storm." - Doug Tilly, National Weather Service meteorologist

The weather service says roads will become snow covered and travel will be difficult to extremely dangerous on Tuesday. Forecasters say the storm has the potential to bring travel to a halt over much of Kansas and Missouri on Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds are expected to pick up on Tuesday and cause near blizzard conditions on all major highways.

Our concern is the nature of marriage really isn't debatable because it is by definition a union between one man and one woman and when the state passes such a law of civil unions it creates a concern because it goes against the natural law." - Bob Gilligan, executive director, Catholic Conference of Illinois

Civil unions will be legal starting June 1. Illinois becomes the sixth state to take the step.

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