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Open Data
9:51 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Illinois Making More Public Data Available Online

(via Flickr/Remko van Dokkum)

The Illinois state government is seeking to make more local and state data available online and is challenging entrepreneurs to create applications with the information that will serve the public.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the Illinois Open Technology Challenge on Saturday and said it would start on a pilot basis in four communities around the state: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford and Chicago's south suburbs.

The governor said the project would increase transparency at the local level and create jobs.

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High-speed rail tested in Illinois
3:29 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Illinois Doubling Down On High-Speed Rail

Officials rode an Amtrak train at 110 mph in central Illinois Friday.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was on board Friday when an Amtrak train reached speeds of 111 mph for the first time along a Chicago to St. Louis route. The train hit the mark on a stretch between Dwight and Pontiac before braking back to normal speeds of 79 mph. By the end of November, paying passengers will get to experience the higher speeds on that initial section between Dwight and Pontiac. 

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THOMSON CORRECTIONAL CENTER
1:28 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Residents Of Thomson Eager To Push Forward After Prison Sale

The federal government will purchase the underused state prison in Thomson, Ill., shown here in a screenshot from Google Maps, despite Congressional opposition.
(screenshot via Google Maps)

Residents of a small northwest Illinois village say they're eager for economic opportunities after the sale of a prison to the federal government. 

The Chicago-Sun Times reports that the sale of Thomson Correctional Center could bring up to 1,600 inmates and just as many jobs to struggling Thomson where fewer than 600 people reside.

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Thomson Correctional Center
1:49 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Federal Government Will Buy Illinois Prison

The federal government will purchase the underused state prison in Thomson, Ill., shown here in a screenshot from Google Maps, despite Congressional opposition.
(screenshot via Google Maps)

Updated at 5:45 p.m. with additional comments from Gov. Quinn and comments from Sen. Durbin. Brian Mackey contributed reporting.

Updated at 2 p.m. with statement from Gov. Pat Quinn.

The federal government has agreed to purchase the underused Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois to relieve crowding in its facilities, despite fervent opposition from members of Congress.

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Ill. Prison Population
9:32 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Population at Ill. Dept. of Corrections Reaches New High

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Reporting from WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer.

Last week, the Illinois Department of Corrections broke a rather unenviable record. On Tuesday, the department housed 49,172 inmates. The previous record was sent in Oct. 2011 when the population hit 49,135.

The population has been steadily rising since Ill. Gov. Pat Quin suspended an early release program in the middle of a heated primary election against Dan Hynes two years ago. Quinn recently signed into law a new early release program that should help bring down the number but it hasn't yet been implemented.

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Illinois State Workers
1:45 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Ill. Union: State Contract Talks At Standstill

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A union for Illinois government workers says negotiations with the state are at a "virtual standstill."

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says concessions demanded by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are "an insult to every state employee."

Quinn spokesman Abdon Pallasch says the state can't afford to keep salaries and benefits at their current levels. He told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that even after cuts, state employees would have generous benefits.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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Legal fight between Quinn and Union continues

The legal fight between Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the union that represents prisons workers continues this week.

Quinn had wanted the prisons closed by last Friday. Instead that day an arbitrator said the administration violated its contract with the prison workers' union by moving to close the facilities before they'd finished what's called "impact bargaining."

Union spokesman Anders Lindall says impact bargaining doesn't only affect employees facing layoffs.

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Ill. facility closures
5:22 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Tamms, other prisons will stay open for another month

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(via Flickr/ChrisEaves.com)

Two major Illinois prisons and other facilities will stay open for at least another month after an arbitrator ruled Gov. Pat Quinn's administration violated workers' rights in rushing to close them

Arbitrator Steven Bierig concluded Friday that the state departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice did not properly negotiate with workers over the impact of closing the supermax Tamms prison, the Dwight women's lockup and several juvenile facilities. 

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Illinois Gambling
9:47 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Quinn vetoes gambling bill, says it included 'loopholes for mobsters'

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

Will be updated. Reporting from WUIS' Rachel Otwell used in this story.

Updated 12:37 p.m. with reaction from Fairmount Park Race Track official

Updated 11:01 a.m. with additional comments from Illinois lawmakers and stakeholders.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a gambling bill on the grounds that it fell "well short of the standards of the people of Illinois."

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Ill. Gov to take action on gambling bill today

UPDATE: As of 9:25 a.m., Quinn has vetoed this bill.
Gov. Pat Quinn isn't giving any hints about what he'll do with a gambling bill that Illinois lawmakers sent to his desk. Today is the deadline for Quinn to take action on legislation that would establish five new casinos in the state. It would also allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.

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