Governor Pat Quinn

Hydraulic Fracturing
6:38 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Anti-Fracking Activists Crash Democrat Breakfast

100 or so environmental activists rallied outside a Democratic party breakfast, calling for the end of fracking in Illinois, even before it begins.

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:53 pm

  Environmental activists hoping to curb hydraulic fracturing in Illinois crashed a breakfast held for Democratic party organizers in Springfield Wednesday. They want to stop natural gas extraction in the state before it starts.


"Drought! Pollution! Earthquake! Fracking is a big mistake!"

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Democrats Day at the Illinois State Fair
6:37 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Mascots, Class Warfare, Rallies: Democrats Fight To Hold Onto Power

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:31 pm

Even as states like Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin are known as political battlegrounds and bellwethers, Illinois has the reputation for being a solid "blue" state. Illinois sends double as many Democrats to Washington as it does Congressional Republicans. The state legislature tips heavily in favor of Democrats, who hold veto-proof majorities. And it has been more than a decade since a Republican last sat in Illinois' governor's seat.

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Governor's Race
9:39 am
Wed August 13, 2014

AARP Poll: Rauner Has Edge Over Quinn Among Senior Voters

Statistics from AARP Illinois' survey.

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 3:21 am

  The debate over state retiree pensions has been a consistent backdrop for the Illinois gubernatorial election, bringing older voters to the forefront of many debates. It's this senior voting bloc that could make all the difference this election.

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Rail Transportation
11:50 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Full Steam Ahead For Amtrak

An Amtrak train stops to drop off and pick up passengers at the Springfield station.

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 8:46 pm

  Amtrak ridership in Illinois has risen in recent years; it's up almost 85 percent from 2006 through last year. That trend developed after the rail service added routes. The train service could grow more in the future.

In 2006, lines branching out from Chicago that went to Carbondale, Quincy and St. Louis added trips.

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Hydraulic Fracturing
9:58 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:18 pm

  Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing. The coalition says it's left wondering if the governor's administration might be dragging the process for political reasons.

It's been over 400 days since the General Assembly passed a law to allow hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. Proponents say the technique of drilling for natural gas deep in the ground will lead to job and revenue growth.

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