Governor Pat Quinn

One Election Ends, Another Begins
5:50 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Dillard Talking About Another Bid for Governor

Kirk Dillard at a stop in Macomb during his last campaign for governor
Credit Rich Egger

Illinois state Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) said he's considering another run for governor.

Dillard’s name has often been mentioned as a top candidate for the 20-14 race. He narrowly lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to fellow Republican Senator Bill Brady, who went on to lose to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn.

“Illinois has gotten a lot worse since the last gubernatorial primary when I ran, and I don’t want to be part of a generation that takes a great state like Illinois, and leaves it mediocre or worse," Dillard said.  

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Developmental Center
8:07 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

State Panel Votes to Close Jacksonville Facility

Governor Pat Quinn
Credit Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is free to shut down the Jacksonville Developmental Center. A state board gave its approval on Tuesday, October 30.

Quinn's Department of Human Services issued a statement saying it's pleased  because the decision "…will help to improve the quality of life of people with developmental disabilities."

The governor wants to move JDC residents into smaller, group homes.  Some advocates agree that's best.

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One Down, Two to Go
6:16 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Galesburg Opens RR Overpass

A train approaches the West Main Street overpass, which is in the background
Credit Rich Egger

Drivers will no longer have to wait for trains at one crossing in Galesburg. Amid much hoopla, the city dedicated and opened the West Main Street Overpass on Friday, October 26.

The project cost $16.1 million. The state provided $14.5 million while the federal government contributed $809,000 and BNSF spent $806,150.

Governor Pat Quinn flew into Galesburg for the ceremony. He quoted Galesburg native Carl Sandburg while pointing out the overpass will especially benefit future generations.

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Thomson Prison
7:13 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Illinois and Feds Agree on Prison Deal

An overhead view of the Thomson Correctional Center
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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said the state should pay down bills with the money it gets from selling a prison to the federal government.

Construction of the Thomson Correction Center was completed more than a decade ago, but the state has never had the money to fully operate it so the federal government is buying it in order to relieve overcrowding at its maximum-security facilities.

It's been appraised at $220 million, but Illinois agreed to sell it for $165 million.

Quinn said some of that money will be used to pay off debts related to the construction of Thomson.

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Major Topic at Conventions
1:03 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Who Will Run for Illinois Governor?

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn speaking at the Democratic National Convention
Amanda Vinicky

The bidding is starting early for Illinois Republicans interested in campaigning for Governor. The issue of who will run was a main topic of conversation during the GOP’s national convention in Tampa. 

So many Republicans are considering it that at one point during the convention, Pat Brady, Chair of the Illinois GOP, joked about it.

“I do want to thank those of you in the room that aren't running for governor,” Brady cracked.

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