Gov. Pat Quinn

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.

Quinn: Immigration Status Not Enough To Detain

Jan 6, 2015
State of Illinois

Immigration status alone will no longer be a valid reason for the Illinois State Police to detain someone, under an order issued Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn. 

In the executive order, Quinn says that "community policing efforts are hindered" when immigrants who are victims of, or witness, crimes are wary of cooperating for fear they'll be deported.

Quinn's order only applies to agencies under the governor's control: state troopers and conservation police.

New Illinois Law Bans Police Ticket Quotas

Jan 6, 2015
Flickr user woodleywonderworks / "police trooper writing a ticket" (CC BY 2.0)

Some police departments in Illinois could be issuing fewer tickets in the new year. 

A new state law went into effect that aims to get rid of ticket quotas.

Few police departments would ever admit to having a target number of tickets officers have to write each month. Even if there's no official policy in place, some police departments still follow a loose system.

A $26 million investment by Illinois taxpayers will allow communities to buy land for parks.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Saturday as part of a plan to increase recreational opportunities and help the economy. The money comes from the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program. 

Quinn Pardons 3 Men For Underground Railroad Work

Jan 2, 2015

Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn pardoned three men for their work with the Underground Railroad.  

The three men all lived in west central Illinois and were convicted more than 170 years ago based on laws that prohibited helping runaway slaves.  Those laws remained in place even after Illinois abolished slavery in 1824. 

Dr. Richard Eells was from Quincy.  He agreed to help a fugitive slave get to an Underground Railroad site but the slave was caught and Eells arrested.

Fisher House Foundation

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn traveled to Maryland this weekend to visit the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center. After delivering Christmas cards to wounded service members, Quinn made a pitch to frequent fliers to donate their miles to the family members of patients at facilities like Walter Reed:

You don't have to give all your miles. You can give a portion of those miles to a common fund. You can learn about this at OperationHomefront.org.

state of Illinois

A new law will more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries. It’s earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure on Friday. Supporters say it could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors from 12 to 6 in civil cases.

Gov. Pat Quinn called a special legislative session for Jan. 8, 2015, to create a special election in 2016 for Illinois Comptroller.  Incumbent Judy Baar Topinka died last week after winning re-election in November.  

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Gov. Pat Quinn announced road and airport construction projects in seven northern Illinois counties worth more than $8 million.

The approved projects include a detention basin at DeKalb’s airport and pavement patching and resurfacing on Interstate 39. The projects are part of the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.

Feeding Illinois

Just ahead of Thanksgiving, Gov. Pat Quinn has announced $4.5 million of funding for Illinois' food banks.

One of seven Illinois residents doesn't know where, or when, they'll get their next meal.

Director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository Kate Maehr says that's a sobering reality any day. But especially around Thanksgiving.

"At a time that we all come together around a table, to celebrate the joy and the fortune that we have, it is unconscionable to think that there are two million people in the state of Illinois who don't have food to eat."

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