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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Morning headlines: February 22, 2012

Illinois Capitol
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Ill. Gov to propose closing 14 major facilities in budget address

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's administration says the cuts and consolidations will result in more than 1,100 layoffs.

The cuts come in all sizes. At the large end is Tamms Correctional Center, a southern Illinois prison that houses about 400 inmates  -- which is just over half of capacity.

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Illinois State Budget
12:17 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Quinn budget plan would close 14 state facilities

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed Illinois budget calls for closing 14 state facilities, including eight run by the Corrections Department.

A person who has seen the budget proposal told The Associated Press on Tuesday it would close four facilities run by the Human Services Department and two run by Juvenile Justice, as well as the eight Corrections Department facilities. The targeted Corrections facilities won't all be prisons.

The person was not authorized to discuss the governor's plans publicly and would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

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Illinois State Budget
12:58 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Quinn plans to cut Ill. state budget to 2008 levels

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Updated 2:39 p.m. with report from WBEZ's Alex Keefe.

State worker pensions and Medicaid funding could be on the chopping block when Illinois' governor outlines his budget proposal this week.

Governor Pat Quinn says the budget plan he'll unveil Wednesday will bring state spending back down to where it was in 2008.

But he says the seed of the state's current fiscal mess was planted even earlier - by his predecessors.

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Illinois budget
4:50 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Gov. Quinn will again propose state facility closures to balance Illinois budget

Ill. gov. Pat Quinn's proposed 2013 budget is expected to include "quite a few" building closures.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll propose closing "quite a few" Illinois state facilities in his budget address next week.

Quinn, a Democrat, did not give the Associated Press any specifics about the closures, saying details will come during his budget address next Wednesday.

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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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