Gov. Pat Quinn


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."


Governor Pat Quinn granted clemency to 126 people Wednesday. Some of the crimes of those pardoned date back to the 1970s.

A number of them have been waiting for a decision for nearly a decade. A backlog of clemency requests built up under ex-governor Rod Blagojevich, who acted on very few appeals.

Ken Tupy serves with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. He says the board makes recommendations on each case, but the governor doesn't have to follow it.


Gov. Pat Quinn made his first post-concession appearance Tuesday. He attended a Veteran's Day ceremony in Chicago.

Quinn has long affiliated himself with veterans' causes and says Illinois should be the most-veteran friendly state. He says the state endeavored to do that with a variety of programs, like the Warrior Assistance Program, which is focused on caring for veterans with PTSD. &

The major party candidates for Illinois governor are spending the final days of the campaign targeting African-Americans and women.

Chicago Democratic Congressman Danny Davis warned an African-American crowd against voting for Republican Bruce Rauner.

"I think it would be the same as a turkey voting for an early Thanksgiving."

Rauner spoke at churches made up of mostly black congregants. Meanwhile, Rauner’s wife--Diana--had a message for women.

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Gov. Pat Quinn ordered the Illinois Board of Education chairman to help both sides reach an agreement Wednesday in a four-week school district strike in Waukegan.  That's after the board abruptly adjourned a public meeting with members and parents shouting and booing.

Both parties say they reached a tentative contract agreement. Officials say schools plan to reopen Monday.

About 17,000 students have been out of school since the strike began on Oct. 2.

Rauner Trumps Quinn In Facebook 'Likes'

Oct 28, 2014 &

Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner may be neck and neck in the polls, but Rauner is winning by a landslide in Facebook activity.

DNA Info reports the Republican businessman's page has nearly 44,000 more likes than Quinn's.

Facebook says more than 11,000 people are "talking" about Rauner on the social media site. Just over a thousand are talking about Quinn. &

Polls are coming in at a rapid pace, from polling companies like Rasmussen Reports, newspapers like the Chicago Tribune, and interest groups like the state Chamber of Commerce. They vary in the number of likely voters contacted, the wording of the questions these people were asked, and, of course, their responses.

But they all agree: the race for Illinois governor is going to be close. Really close.

Illinois Gov. Candidates Cover Income Tax, Pension Law In Final Debate

Oct 21, 2014;

The candidates for Illinois governor made their case to voters in the third and final televised debate before the November election.

Monday's debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

One question involved the pension law, signed by Incumbent Pat Quinn. A panelist wanted to know what Quinn would do if the state Supreme Court overturns the law.

Quinn repeated a phrase he used often in his campaign, that he doesn't take an aspirin before he gets a headache. &

Republican Bruce Rauner is out-raising and out-spending Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in their race for Illinois governor.

Quarterly campaign finance reports were due Wednesday.

In the last such report before the election, Rauner says he raised and spent more than 20 million dollars between July 1st and the end of last month. Quinn raised about 8 million dollars and spent more than 15 million.

The majority of Quinn’s money came from unions and other political committees. Rauner’s biggest contributor was himself.