Pat Quinn

Illinois Pension Plan
12:38 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Quinn: Delay retirement, charge employees more in proposed pension plan

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Will be updated.

Updated 2:07 p.m. with more information on downstate schools, cause of pension problem.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn wants to raise the retirement age for Illinois public employees and require them to contribute more money to their retirement funds.

Those are the key parts of what Quinn calls a "bold plan" to shore up state pension systems. They're now about $85 billion short of the money they'll eventually need.

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Illinois Budget
12:26 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Ill. Gov. Quinn wants Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn says Medicaid cuts and higher cigarette taxes are needed to save the Illinois Medicaid program.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says saving the Illinois Medicaid program will require cutting services, raising cigarette taxes and cutting payments to health-care providers.

Aides to the Democratic governor told The Associated Press on Thursday that Quinn is proposing a cigarette tax increase of $1 per pack. They expect the tax to generate about $337 million, which would then be matched by the federal government.

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Morning roundup
9:33 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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MoDOT resurrects controversial I-55 ramp proposal

The Missouri Department of Transportation is again pushing a proposal to build two-lane ramps to ease the congestion at Interstate 55 and the Poplar Street Bridge.

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Morning round-up
8:22 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, April 16, 2012

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Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.

Ill. lawmakers have packed agenda when they return to Springfield

State lawmakers in Illinois have about seven weeks left to untangle a host of thorny problems.

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Pat Quinn
4:40 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Quinn grants clemency to 52 Illinois offenders

Fifty-two people have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn for crimes that date back decades.

Quinn announced Friday that he has expunged the records of these offenders. In most cases, he's also granting full pardons.

The Democratic governor also rejected 136 clemency requests.

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Trade with Brazil
5:12 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Trade with Brazil in focus for both Nixon, Quinn this month

A map showing the location of Brazil within South America, along with some of the country's major population centers.
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Reporting from KSMU's Jennifer Moore used in this report.

As we mentioned this morning, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will travel to Brazil this month on a trade mission. The trip comes on the heels of the news that Missouri saw its strongest year ever for exports in 2011.

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Leap Day Storms
5:08 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Quinn: FEMA denies Illinois appeal for assistance following tornado, severe storms

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's appeal for assistance after a deadly tornado and severe storms.

Quinn said in a Wednesday news release that he is disappointed with the decision and doesn't believe "it reflects the reality and devastation on the ground."

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Leap Day Storms
4:34 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Quinn to appeal FEMA denial of disaster assistance

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of assistance to homeowners affected by the southern Illinois tornado.

Quinn issued a statement Monday saying he informed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano of his decision.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin and other lawmakers plan to meet with FEMA Director Craig Fugate on Wednesday to challenge the decision.

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Illinois State Budget / Tamms Prison
4:40 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Quinn defends plan to close super-max prison in southern Ill.

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Reporting from WBEZ's Alex Keefe used in this report.

Governor Pat Quinn is defending his plan to close a super-maximum security prison in southern Illinois.

The governor's office says closing Tamms prison would save the state nearly $22 million next year. Quinn says it costs more than 64,000 per year to lock up a prisoner there - about three times the statewide average.

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Illinois State Budget Preview
10:26 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Ill. Gov. Quinn to give address on "toughest budget we've ever faced"

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Even though the recession is over and Illinois' budget is padded with last year's income tax hike, money is still tight in state government. This puts Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in a difficult position as he lays out his budget for the next year.

The Governor will give his budget address today at noon at the Illinois Capitol and it will be full of gloom.  And he is not even wading into the thick of the fiscal mess.  Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky explains.

“The toughest budget we’ve ever faced.”

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