State of the State speech http://tspr.org en State Workers Rally for Pay Raises http://tspr.org/post/state-workers-rally-pay-raises <p>The largest public employees union in Illinois said Governor Pat Quinn is a hypocrite and its members took their complaint to the state Capitol one day after the governor gave his State of the State speech.<br /><br />AFSCME said Quinn&#39;s announcements of new programs don&#39;t square with his stance that Illinois is too broke to afford union pay raises.</p><p>The&nbsp; union represents prison guards,&nbsp;welfare counselors, and thousands of clerical and administrative state employees.</p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:33:22 +0000 Rich Egger 9558 at http://tspr.org State Workers Rally for Pay Raises Sullivan Says Lawmakers Support Vets Jobs Proposal http://tspr.org/post/sullivan-says-lawmakers-support-vets-jobs-proposal <p>State Senator John Sullivan (D-47) said Governor Pat Quinn will have to work hard to convince lawmakers to pass initiatives laid out in the&nbsp; State of the State speech.<br /><br />But the Rushville Democrat said one of&nbsp; Governor Quinn&#39;s initiatives should receive bi-partisan support.&nbsp; It&#39;s the tax credit for businesses to hire returning veterans.<br /> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:00:11 +0000 James Lenz 9543 at http://tspr.org Sullivan Says Lawmakers Support Vets Jobs Proposal Hammond Says Governor Must find funding for Initiatives http://tspr.org/post/hammond-says-governor-must-find-funding-initiatives <p>State Representative Norine Hammond (R-94) is taking a wait-and-see attitude after hearing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn&#39;s State of the State speech.<br /><br />She said she could support Quinn&#39;s plan to increase funding for the Monetary Award Program.&nbsp; It provides grants to college students.&nbsp; She has a few reservations.<br /><br />Hammond said,&nbsp; &ldquo;To increase MAP grants, if we have the funding-and again I think it&#39;s a big &#39;if&#39;-it is something that I could certainly support.&rdquo;<br /> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:36:19 +0000 James Lenz 9542 at http://tspr.org Hammond Says Governor Must find funding for Initiatives