Gov. Pat Quinn

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A new report by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois transportation department details how friends and relatives of top Democrats were hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many had little or no experience.

  

The Chicago Tribune reports the findings released Monday are the result of an inquiry that began in 2014 after a federal judge assigned a lawyer to dig into hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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A published report details problems that occurred during former Gov. Pat Quinn's administration as Illinois closed a large institution for disabled adults.

The Chicago Tribune reports state officials required group home operators to promise not to undermine the state's closure plans - or risk getting no referrals to fill empty beds.

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Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has launched a petition drive to impose a Chicago mayor term limit and create an elected consumer advocate position.

The Chicago Democrat announced efforts Sunday, tipping his hat to his past signature drives.

If he gets enough signatures, the two referendums could be on ballots as early as November. However, Quinn says getting nearly 53,000 valid signatures before an Aug. 8 deadline would be challenging.

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An error by the Illinois Department of Revenue means local taxing districts that receive disbursements from a personal property-tax replacement fund must repay an estimated $168 million to the state.

A statement from the department says the misallocation was identified when the department implemented its new general ledger system.

The department says the misallocation began in 2014 under former Gov. Pat Quinn's administration following an amendment to the Illinois Income Tax Act.

About 6,500 Illinois taxing districts are impacted by the misallocation.

The president of the Illinois Senate is continuing to withhold a piece of legislation from Gov. Pat Quinn.

At the tail end of its session, the General Assembly rushed to pass a measure that makes it easier for Illinois' big utilities--Ameren and Commonwealth Edison--to charge more for delivering power.

The companies say it's necessary so they can continue to improve the electric grid. But legislators' quick action came to an abrupt halt when Senate President John Cullerton used a parliamentary maneuver to keep the measure from going to Gov. Quinn.

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