Gov. Pat Quinn

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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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.

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