Governor Pat Quinn

Tough choices
4:16 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

State Faces Hard Choices for Budget Reform

In his budget address, Governor Pat Quinn, said three-quarters of Illinois'  pension burden is for people who don't work for the state. It covers some of the pension costs for teachers and others who are employees of local government bodies.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-47)  said the state must bring all the stakeholders to the negotiating table to find a long-term solution to funding pensions.

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Bill Passes Illinois Senate
3:32 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

New Due Date Possible for ROE Report

State Senator John Sullivan

Illinois lawmakers hope a report on the future of the Regional Offices of Education can be completed sooner rather than later.

A commission has been formed to complete the study. Its members were originally asked to submit recommendations by August.

But that would be too late for the next state budget because Illinois' fiscal year begins July 1.

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Former Mayor and Legislator
5:45 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Quinn Names New Ag Chief

Bob Flider
Photo by Sean Powers

Pending  approval by the Illinois State Senate, Bob Flider has been appointed as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Flider served in  the Illinois House from 2003 until he lost his re-election bid in 2010. He served as mayor of Mt Zion from 1995 to 2003.

As a state legislator, the Democrat was a member of the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee.

Flider said he will work closely with agriculture  and agribusiness leaders to meet Governor Pat Quinn’s goal of  doubling Illinois' exports by 2014.

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Glimmer of Hope for Students
6:09 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Higher Education a Priority for Governor

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is indicating he wants the state to help more needy college students.  

Quinn will deliver his budget message on February 22. He is not releasing details yet, but said the state has to pay for priorities -- and he places higher education near  the top of his list.   

After a meeting with college and university  presidents, Quinn called for more money to go toward financial  aid. 

 "I think the Governor has to work with these leaders on investing in higher education, particularly scholarships for deserving  students,” Quinn said.

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AFSCME Protest
6:33 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

State Workers Rally for Pay Raises

AFSCME protestors with their "collection notice"

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.

AFSCME said Quinn's announcements of new programs don't square with his stance that Illinois is too broke to afford union pay raises.

The  union represents prison guards, welfare counselors, and thousands of clerical and administrative state employees.

AFSCME said it's time for Quinn to change his mind  and pay the raises state workers were guaranteed.

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Bill has support
4:00 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Sullivan Says Lawmakers Support Vets Jobs Proposal

State Sen. John Sullivan (D-47)

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  State of the State speech.

But the Rushville Democrat said one of  Governor Quinn's initiatives should receive bi-partisan support.  It's the tax credit for businesses to hire returning veterans.

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State of the State
1:41 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Moving Illinois Forward

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his State of the State speech to the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday. Here is the text of the full speech:

President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leaders Radogno and Cross, Attorney General Madigan, Secretary White, Comptroller Topinka, Treasurer Rutherford, Members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests and fellow citizens of Illinois, I'm here today to report to you on the state of our state.

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Massive Backlog of Bills
7:19 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Civic Federation Issues Gloomy Budget Forecast for Illinois

Illinois legislators face more bad budget news. 

A report from Chicago's Civic Federation said the massive backlog of unpaid bills is about to get much worse.

Illinois is expected to owe more than $9 billion by this summer. The figure is expected to continue rising and could hit nearly $35 billion within five years.

Civic Federation president Laurence Msall said the state must  act quickly.

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Job Cuts A "Rebalancing"
6:27 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Jacksonville Developmental Center to Close

Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn confirmed he plans to close the  Jacksonville  Developmental Center and Tinley Park Mental Health  Center. 

Quinn's  office is calling the closures a "rebalancing."

The  Governor plans to move institutionalized patients with developmental  disabilities and mental illness to community-based settings.

In  a statement, Quinn said it will improve their quality of life.

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