Pat Quinn

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.

illinois
5:08 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Ill. court throws out liquor taxes, video gambling

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, pictured here at his inauguration ceremonies earlier this month. Today, an Illinois appellate court has thrown out legislation that was supposed to fund Quinn's $31 billion state construction plan. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Sean Crawford, Illinois Public Radio also used in this report.

An Illinois appellate court has thrown out legalized video gambling and higher taxes on liquor and candy that were supposed to fund a $31 billion state construction plan.

The court ruled the 2009 law violated the state Constitution's prohibition on bills that deal with more than one subject.

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Morning News Round-up
9:21 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Morning Headlines: Sen. Blunt on Wagner and the RNC, Put Illinois to Work, Paying for Gov. Nixon's flights, Durbin on the death penalty

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo) in St. Louis on July 13, 2010. Blunt shared his remarks on the failed bid for Mo. Republican Ann Wagner to take the top job in their party, Chair of the Republican National Committee, last week. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are a few headlines to start your day!

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Morning round-up
8:20 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Mo. House to debate priority measures, uncertainty in the midst of Quinn's decision on capital punishment, Pujols says he wants to end career in STL

Missouri House leaders hope to start debate this week on two of their priority measures. (Flickr/jimbowen0306)

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Christopher Coleman
11:57 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Judge refuses request to delay Coleman trial

Christopher Coleman, the man who alledgedy murdered wife Sheri and sons Gavin and Garett in Columbia, Ill. Coleman requested a delay in his trial, which a judge refused today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In an update to a story we told you about earlier today, a judge has refused the request of Christopher Coleman's defense to delay Coleman's trial.

Coleman, accused of strangling his wife and their two sons in 2009, is scheduled to go to trial next month.

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Illinois Tax Increase
5:33 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Quinn signs Ill. income tax increase into law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gives his remarks after taking the oath of office during inaguration ceremonies on January 10, 2011. Today, Quinn signed legislation that temporarily increases the Illinois income tax rate by two-thirds.(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In an expected move after yesterday's press conference on the subject, Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation into law that temporarily increases the Illinois income tax rate by two-thirds.

Quinn said yesterday that the legislation is meant to help close a $15 billion budget deficit that threatens to cripple state government.

But what does the legislation mean for Illinois citizens?

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Illinois Lame-Duck Session
1:40 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Quinn comments on Ill. tax increase, death penalty

The Illinois General Assembly has passed several major bills in the last few days of its lame-duck session.

Two of the bills, one on an income tax increase and the other on abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, were the focus of a press conference held today by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Here are some highlights of Quinn's comments:

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