Pat Quinn

Ill. ag director
1:08 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Former state representative named Ill. agriculture director

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has named former Democratic state representative Bob Flider to be Ilinois' next Director of Agriculture.
(photo via Facebook/State Rep. Bob Flider)

Reporting from Jim Meadows was used in this story.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named a former Democratic state representative from central Illinois to be the state's new Director of Agriculture.

If he's confirmed by the state Senate, Bob Flider will take over at a department that hasn't had a permanent director since October.

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Education
3:28 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Schools fear Ill. Gov. Quinn's idea to shift pension costs

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Cash-strapped Illinois could save more than $1.3 billion a year if it passed off its portion of public teacher retirement benefits to schools and colleges, but administrators say it could mean ruin for some school districts.

Gov. Pat Quinn has expressed support for shifting the cost to local school districts and colleges to free up money to pay down a huge unfunded liability in the five state pension systems.

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Illinois State of the State: 2012
1:03 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Illinois State of the State Address: 2012

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

You'll also be able to hear the address in its entirety with analysis tonight on St. Louis Public Radio at 90.7 FM or online, beginning at 7 p.m. Join us! You can also read the text of the speech here.

Here's a look from the Associated Press on Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State Address (bolded sections selected by St. Louis Public Radio to highlight main points of address):

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Morning round-up
9:15 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Morning headlines: February 1, 2012

The campus of the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia, Mo. The University of Missouri system has announced tuition hikes at all of its campuses.
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University of Missouri to raise tuition

The University of Missouri system wants to increase tuition next year by 7.5 percent at its Columbia campus and even more at its campuses in St. Louis and Rolla.

A proposal released Tuesday afternoon spells out proposed in-state tuition hikes of 8.2 percent at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and 9 percent at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase.

Similar increases are being sought for graduate programs and non-resident undergraduates.

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Illinois / Pat Quinn
11:50 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Quinn: State of State will focus on jobs

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says his State of the State address will include a proposal for tax relief for Illinois families.

The Democrat gives his speech Wednesday in Springfield. He says he'll focus on talking about jobs and economic growth. Quinn says those are the issues foremost on people's minds.

During an appearance in Chicago on Tuesday, Quinn declined to give details of any of his proposals until Wednesday.

A spokeswoman says Quinn is expected to lay out an agenda that'll include several proposals.

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Morning round-up
9:31 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The dome of the Ill. Capitol.
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Spring session kicks off today in Illinois

Legislative leaders say budget items are expected to top the agenda in the coming weeks. Those items include the state's troubled pension system and Medicaid costs.

House Deputy Majority leader, Democrat Frank Mautino, says Medicaid reform could end up being more controversial than pensions. Mautino says payment cycles are stretching too long and that cuts have to be made.

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Ill. Regional Superintendents
7:24 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Funding for Ill. superintendents proposed for next year

Ill. Capitol
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Last year Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the salaries for the 44 regional superintendents.

This month, the Illinois State Board of Education has put the appropriation for the officials back into its proposed budget.

Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents president Bob Daiber says he's hopeful the General Assembly will keep the funding line and the governor will approve it.

"We certainly believe we're making our case as to why we are so important as the delivery system of state services to public schools," said Daiber.

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Ill. State of the State
7:59 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Quinn to call for higher dropout age in Ill.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky was used in this story.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will endorse legislation in his State of the State address next week that would raise Illinois' high school dropout age to 18, according to a statement from the Democrat's office.

The proposal would answer a call from fellow Democrat Barack Obama, who in his State of the Union address on Tuesday urged states to keep students in high school long enough for them to get their diploma.

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Meth and Illinois
10:36 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Governor Quinn signs legislation aiming to help stop meth production

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

Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Thursday which aims to help law enforcement officials stop meth production. The bill will make a pilot program permanent that was created to electronically track pseudoephedrine purchases that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The Methamphetamine Precursor Tracking Act went into effect in 2009. The act required pharmacies to track purchases of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine online through the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx). 

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Illinois / Mental Health
4:41 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Quinn to close Jacksonville, Ill. developmental center

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

Governor Pat Quinn announced this afternoon that he plans to close the Jacksonville Developmental Center and Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

Jacksonville is located about 90 miles north of St. Louis.

Quinn's office is calling the closures a "rebalancing."

The Governor plans to move institutionalized patients with developmental disabilities and mental illness to community-based settings.

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