Pat Quinn

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn
10:23 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Quinn rejects plastic bag recycling bill

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that would have required plastic bag manufacturers to set up collection and recycling programs, calling it a "roadblock" for local communities to make their own choices.

He rejected the proposed law Sunday.

Illinois Law
1:08 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

What do dry-cleaning and online dating have in common?

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Both were subjects of new laws signed by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn today.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Akin highlights faith in push to revive campaign

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is highlighting his Christian faith while asking for help in reviving his Senate campaign. A fundraising appeal sent Wednesday by Akin notes he has asked both God and voters for forgiveness for comments that women's bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancy in cases of rape.

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Morning round-up
9:38 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 20, 2012

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Romney distancing himself from Akin

Republican presidential Mitt Romney is distancing himself from Congressman Todd Akin after comments Akin made during an interview with a St. Louis television station.

During the interview on Fox 2's Jaco Report, Akin was asked if he would support abortion in cases when a woman was raped.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, August 17, 2012

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Illinois Gov. optimistic special session will be fruitful

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called lawmakers back to Springfield, Ill. for the one-day session today to vote on changes to the state's retirement system, which is at least $83 billion in debt.

The two parties have been unable to come to an agreement on a solution. Quinn is pushing a plan opposed by Republicans that would shift the cost of some benefits to local school districts.

Quinn, however, says lawmakers will do the right thing in the end.

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Metro East Police District
6:15 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Quinn creates new oversight commission for troubled Metro East police departments

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn (holding paper, center) poses for a photograph with representatives from several Metro East police departments and municipalities on Aug. 16, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that provides an extra layer of oversight for four troubled police departments in the Metro East.

East St. Louis, Alorton, Washington Park and Brooklyn will still operate as stand-alone departments. But the new Metro East Police District will oversee their funding and set new ethical standards - things Governor Quinn called essential.

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Enterprise zones
3:44 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Quinn signs extension of tax breaks for Illinois businesses

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation extending a widely used economic development tool.
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that extends the life span of a popular economic development tool in the state.

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Missouri primaries are today

Eight U.S. House members are asking voters for a chance at two more years in Washington. Thanks to new congressional district boundaries, at least one of those incumbents won't prevail. St. Louis Democrats Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay Jr. lead a three-way race for their party's nomination in Missouri's 1st District.

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Human Trafficking
12:12 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Illinois getting tougher on human trafficking

If a vote on the latest proposal for temporary pay cuts passes at a East St. Louis Fraternal Order of Police meeting on Thursday, 16 police officers laid off Jan. 1 could be reinstated (via Flickr/davidsonscott15).

Illinois is getting tougher on those involved in human trafficking and forcing the vulnerable into prostitution.
 
 Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Saturday that strengthens the ability of prosecutors to target those behind what he called "a tragic trade."
 
The measure also offers greater protection to the victims, who are often from vulnerable groups like runaways, abused children and immigrants.

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Morning Round-Up
9:20 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Jobless rate drops below 8 percent in St. Louis

The jobless rate in metropolitan St. Louis is going down, and has dipped below 8 percent for the first time in more than three years.

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