Governor Pat Quinn

Quinn Confident in DOC Leadership
8:27 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Illinois Prison Staffing Concerns

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois prison guards say Governor Pat Quinn's move to close correctional centers will lead to more violence.

They said, during a rally at the State Capitol in Springfield this week, that assaults are already on the rise due to overcrowding.

Twelve prison guards gave graphic and disturbing reports of violence at their institutions.

Jake Dalton is a sergeant at the Pontiac prison.  He says his facility is drastically understaffed.

"The Governor has lit a fuse on a powder keg," says Dalton, "and he is not going to be around for the explosion.  We are."

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Largest Deficit in US
2:51 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Illinois Pension Debt Hurts Other State Services

15% of the state budget in Illinois this year is going toward pensions.  That means there's less to spend on other needs.
                                              
The gap between what has Illinois promised employees they will get when they retire and what the state has set aside to pay those pensions is $83 billion.  State government would have to completely shut down for two-and-a-half years, and use all of that operating budget money on pensions, to pay off that debt.
 

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For Non-Violent Offenders
5:42 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Early Release Program Signed Into Law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn waited until late Friday afternoon to sign Senate Bill 2621, which is intended to relieve massive overcrowding in  the state's prisons.

The measure allows the Department  of Corrections to create a new early release program for certain  non-violent offenders.

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Still No Agreement
8:19 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Illinois Pension Talks Turn to School Funding Issues

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Rich Egger

It's doubtful Illinois' pension crisis will be resolved soon.

Legislative leaders and the governor met Thursday, June 21 to discuss whether the state or local school districts should pay retirement costs for downstate and suburban teachers. The state picks up the tab now, but it doesn't pay for Chicago teachers' retirement benefits.

After the meeting, top lawmakers said they're going to spend five weeks studying school funding equality. Then they'll work on what to do about Illinois' hugely underfunded government pensions.

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Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign the bill
6:15 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Plan for Retirees to Pay Part of Premiums

Illinois State Capitol

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that will require retired state employees to pay premiums on their health insurance.

Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the bill into law.

The state says 90% of retired state and university employees don't pay any premiums for their health insurance. That is estimated to cost at least $800 million this year.

Supporters of the legislation says it preserves access to health care for retirees. Otherwise, co-payments would rise and coverage might be reduced.

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