veterans job bill en New Program to Help Illinois Vets <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a newly launched public-private partnership designed to improve services for Illinois veterans, military personnel and their families.</p><p>Quinn said&nbsp;<em> Illinois Joining Forces</em> will increase collaboration and make sure veterans find out about services available to them, such as health care and jobs programs.</p><p>"We cannot have our service members who fought in Baghdad or now in Kabul or elsewhere in Afghanistan -- they fought there, they shouldn't have to fight for a job when they come home," Quinn said.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:54:42 +0000 Rich Egger 24282 at New Program to Help Illinois Vets Bi-Partisan Disapproval of Congress <p>If there’s anyone as unpopular as the NFL’s replacement referees this fall, it’s Congress.</p><p>After all, “action” such as Senate Republicans on Sept. 19 killing the veterans jobs bill –endorsed by the American Legion (and co-written by four GOP Senators who followed orders and voted against it!) – may be one reason, tied to the GOP’s strategy to stall or stop government, apparently hatched in a 2009 meeting.</p><p>Some 9 out of 10 Americans disapprove of Congress, according to a new Gallup poll. Before 2007, the disapproval rating topped 80 percent only twice.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:52:47 +0000 Bill Knight 22737 at Bi-Partisan Disapproval of Congress