Governor Pat Quinn

Dorm Sprinklers & More
12:59 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Governor Signs Four Fire Safety Laws

Legislation requiring all college dorms in Illinois to have sprinklers installed within the next couple years is one of four new fire safety bills Governor Pat Quinn signed into law.

The bill beefs up past legislation by instituting tougher penalties for post-secondary schools that don't comply. That includes a $1,000 per day fine if sprinklers are not installed by September 1, 2014.

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Shifting the Burden to Local Schools
3:29 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Sullivan Opposes Pension Reform Plan

State Senator John Sullivan
Rich Egger
  • Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford interviews State Senator John Sullivan about SB 681 and pension reform

Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) support a proposal to shift the pension funding burden from the state to local school districts.

But State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said there are good reasons to oppose the plan.

“It's a triple whammy for the districts,” Sullivan said. He pointed out:

1) Local districts would be burdened with the responsibility for a major expense.

2) State financial support for school districts continues to decline.

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Governor Alters Legislation
6:21 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Assault Weapons Ban Added to Ammo Law

AK-47s
wired.com

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is aiming to implement an assault weapons ban for the state.

Quinn has talked about the issue since the massacre in a Colorado movie theater. He spotted an opening in legislation (SB 681) that would have allowed people to buy ammunition by mail from companies within the state (it's already legal to mail-order ammo from out of state).

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Special Legislative Session
7:09 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Illinois Lawmakers to Tackle Pension Reform (Again)

Governor Pat Quinn
Rich Egger

Governor Pat Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a one-day special session to reform the state's pension systems.

But so far he doesn't have a plan beyond that.

"We've had proposals this year, we've had a working group this year, we've had discussions and negotiations this year," Quinn said. 

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No Phones in Work Zones
10:39 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

New Laws on Distracted Driving

Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to slow down and stay off their cell phones.  

Governor Pat Quinn has signed four laws aimed at making roadways safer.  

"We want to have strict laws that deal with those who greatly exceed the speed limit and cause great harm and loss of life," says Quinn, "and we need to, I think, lay down strict guidelines for our judges and for those in the traffic courts across Illinois, so they know what the rules are."  

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