Pat Quinn

Developing: Illinois Medicaid
8:52 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Quinn signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation making $1.6 billion in cuts to Medicaid and increasing the state's tobacco tax by a dollar.

This story will be updated.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed nearly $1.6 billion worth of cuts to Medicaid into law.

His signature means that nearly 25,000 working parents will lose state-funded health care on July 1. Regular dental care is being eliminated for adults. Those who need eyeglasses will be able to get a new pair once every two years. And patients who take more than four prescription drugs will have to get prior approval from the state.

Quinn this morning also signed a dollar-a-pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax.

Law / Crime
2:46 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Street gangs now subject to beefed-up prosecution law

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Local authorities now have the power to go after street gangs as criminal organizations under a new Illinois law.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Street Gang RICO Act on Monday.

The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act doles out stiff penalties for acts performed as part of a criminal organization, like the Mafia.

The Illinois law applies the same idea to street gangs. It takes effect immediately.

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Morning round-up
6:46 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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Ameren, Westinghouse to give more details on nuclear partnership

Missouri regulators will learn more today about a proposal to build small nuclear reactors at Ameren Missouri's Callaway nuclear power plant.

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Morning round-up
6:38 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Metro sees double-digit increase in bus passengers

St. Louis’ mass transit agency saw the biggest growth in bus ridership in the country during the first three months of the year.

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Ill. session ends
6:58 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Ill. lawmakers leave major business unfinished despite frenzied end to session

Illinois lawmakers will return to the Capitol this summer because they failed to reform the state's pensions, but leaders say a lot was still accomplished.
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Lawmakers in Illinois went past their midnight deadline in Springfield on Thursday in an effort to finish their business before the campaign season. In a frenzied end, the General Assembly approved a new state budget and authorized a massive expansion of gambling.

But they're not finished.

The collapse of pension reform means lawmakers will probably return to Springfield this summer. This recap is from Amanda Vinicky in Springfield.

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Illinois pensions
12:17 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Ill. House committee approves pension changes

The Ill. State House has approved legislation that makes drastic changes to state employee pensions.
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Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield.

An Illinois state House committee has approved sweeping changes to public employee pensions.

It's one of Gov. Pat Quinn's priorities for the legislative session that ends on Thursday.

Current and retired state and university employees, and public school teachers would face a difficult choice; keep their health care in retirement and have future pay raises count toward their pensions, but a smaller cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), or keep the current 3 percent compounding COLA but lose health care.

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Morning round-up
7:58 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, May 18, 2012

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Federal court sides with Quinn in pay dispute

A federal appeals court has sided with Illinois governor Pat Quinn over canceled pay raises due to thousands of union workers.

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Morning round-up
7:14 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Record attendance for St. Louis Zoo

The first four and a half months of the year have been a record one for the St. Louis Zoo, no doubt helped by an unseasonably warm winter and spring.

Officials said Monday that more than one million people had entered the Zoo’s gates in through May 13. The Zoo expects those numbers to go higher once Sea Lion Sound opens on June 30.

A year after record floods, drought conditions in southeast Missouri

What a difference a year makes in southeastern Missouri.

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Politics - Ill. budget
6:49 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Ill. lawmakers face complicated task as session enters last month

Ill. lawmakers have less than a month to pass a state budget "on time."
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Reporting from Amanda Vinicky was used in this story.

Like its counterpart in Missouri, the Illinois General Assembly is heading into the home stretch.

Lawmakers there have a bit more time to get through their agenda - their session isn't scheduled to end until the end of May. But unlike lawmakers in Missouri, Illinois legislators have a monumental task in front of them - passing a state budget.

Most state agencies will have their budget cut by 9 percent.

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Ill. facility closures
11:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Ill. legislative commission rejects Quinn closures

An Illinois legislative commission has rejected three state facility closures proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn as part of his FY2013 budget.
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Updated at 6:15 am Wednesday. Reporting from Amanda Vinicky in Springfield and Jacob McCleland in Cape Girardeau was used in this report.

An Illinois legislative commission has signaled its opposition to Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close two prisons and a state center for people with developmental disabilities.

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