Governor Pat Quinn

Budget Address Delayed
11:06 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Illinois Budget & the Income Tax Increase

Credit Rich Egger

When lawmakers raised individual income taxes from three percent to five percent a few years ago, it came with an expiration date.

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State of the State
6:16 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Quinn: Illinois Making a Comeback

Governor Pat Quinn during a stop in Macomb in April 2011
Credit Rich Egger

Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is promoting a progressive agenda for this year.

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Don’t Expect Pension Savings
2:01 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Another Tough Budget for Illinois

The Illinois Capitol building
Credit Brian Mackey

Money will likely be tight for politicians crafting Illinois’ next budget, despite a pension law that's supposed to save $160 billion.

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Governor Will Appeal
6:15 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Illinois Ordered to Pay State Lawmakers

Pat Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn said he disagrees with a Cook County judge who ruled the state must reinstate lawmakers' pay.

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Restores Liability Protections
11:11 am
Mon September 2, 2013

IL Law to Open More Private Land for Public Recreation

Gov. Quinn and supporters of the Private Recreation Liability Law at the signing ceremony.
Credit Harvey S. Tillis - openlands.org

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law which could pave the way to open more private land for public recreational use.

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Governor vs Legislative Leaders
3:54 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Over Paycheck Veto

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate have filed a lawsuit over Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of legislative salaries.

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Revenue Short of Goal
6:29 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Jury Out on Impact of Cigarette Tax Hike

Credit EUobserver.com

A little more than a year ago, Illinois nearly doubled its cigarette tax to $1.98. The goal was to raise $350 million to help support the Medicaid system, but that mark hasn’t been reached.

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Three-Year Deal
3:38 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

AFSCME Members Ratify Pact

AFSCME members protested when contract talks dragged
Credit AFSCME31.org

Members of the largest public employees union in Illinois voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract with the state. 96% of those who voted were in favor of the pact.

AFSCME and Governor Pat Quinn's administration reached a deal in late February.  But in order for it to take effect, a majority of the union's members had to agree to it.

AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said this may have been the toughest negotiations the union's ever experienced.

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Agreement with SEC
7:38 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Illinois to Release More Pension Info

Illinois will disclose more details about its underfunded pensions systems following an agreement with the Securities and Exchanges Commission.

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AFSCME Pact in Illinois
6:29 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Retirees to Help Pay for Healthcare

Credit Rich Egger

Retired state workers in Illinois now know how much they will be required to contribute to their health care costs. The details are in the tentative contract agreement between the state and AFSCME.

The pact also will give the state the savings it had already been counting on.

Until now, state and university employees who retired after long government careers had not been required to pay any health care premiums. A new state law changed that, but how much they would pay was subject to contract negotiations, which dragged on for 15 months.

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