Gov. Pat Quinn

-Illinois
7:22 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Hey Gov, Part 1: Southern Illinois Sees "Tug Of War" For Care Of Disability Patients

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There’s a tug-o-war going on in Southern Illinois over how the state cares for its neediest citizens. It’s playing out along a ribbon of small towns almost 300 miles south of Chicago. But the outcome will determine  the future for many Illinois citizens with disabilities.

As part of our Hey Gov political series, we’re out to find what happens when local needs bump up against the broader  goals of state government.

State Representative Charlie Meier is a farmer by birth - he tends 14 hundred acres with just one hired hand.

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Politics
7:09 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Live Gubernatorial Debate Starts Tonight

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Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner will meet for their first true debate of the Illinois governor's race. The candidates are scheduled to face off tonight in Peoria.

WNIJ will carry this debate live starting at 8 o’clock tonight. at 89.5 FM. You can add your thoughts via Twitter, using #ILGov2014

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-Illinois
6:59 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Gov. Quinn Announces Starved Rock Addition

Credit WNIJ

Illinois governor Pat Quinn announced a 51-acre expansion to Starved Rock State Park. The land will provide additional wildlife space and serve as a buffer to protect the park.

The project is funded by the Illinois Jobs Now program created by Quinn.

Politics
6:23 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Gov. Quinn Brings High-Profile Supporters Into Minimum Wage Campaign

Martin Sheen, "The West Wing"
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This week, Michelle Obama and Gloria Steinem are scheduled to campaign for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. But over the weekend, actor Martin Sheen lent a hand.

According to the trade magazine "Variety," Sheen made as much as 300-thousand dollars an episode for his role as Democratic Pres. Jeb Bartlet in the show "West Wing." He says he was paid nothing fundraise for Quinn and call for an increase in minimum wage.

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Politics
6:49 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Florida Nursing Home Trial Could Have Effect On Governor Race

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Republican candidate for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has been asked repeatedly by reporters about Trans Health Care. That’s a group of nursing homes with ties to Rauner’s namesake venture capital firm.

Here’s what Rauner had to say about the nursing home trial - when asked by reporters Monday.

I hope and believe that there wasn’t any wrongdoing done anywhere. If there was, it should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
--- Republican Bruce Rauner, gubernatorial candidate

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Politics
6:40 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Taxes

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Republican Bruce Rauner says eventually he wants to cut Illinois’ income tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent. But he says that might not happen right away because taxes are scheduled to drop to 3.75 percent in January.

Rauner indicated that might be too much, too soon. So he recognizes lawmakers might have to temporarily raise taxes above 3.75 next year.

There’s a possibility. We need to look at all the taxes, the entire tax code.
--- Republican Bruce Rauner, gubernatorial candidate

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Government
7:35 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Quinn Vetoes Speed Limit Bill; Override Vote Expected

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Governor Pat Quinn this week vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit to 70 miles-an-hour on suburban interstates.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Quinn, Rauner Agree To 3 Debates

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The Illinois candidates for governor have agreed to three debates, all of which will take place in October.

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Government
6:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Quinn Renews Call For Tighter Gun Laws

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Illinois lawmakers are being asked to revisit a bill that would impose tighter gun restrictions. On Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn again called for passage of a measure that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.

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Government
3:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Quinn Makes Minor Changes To State Budget

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday. He left much of the plan approved by Democratic legislators intact, with a couple of exceptions meant to play well with voters.

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