Six months ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign was in trouble. Attorney General Lisa Madigan was weighing a primary challenge and declared challenger Bill Daley blasted Quinn for failing to solve the state's pension problem.
Governor Pat Quinn is offering $45 million in state funding to help Illinois communities recover from November's deadly tornadoes. That’s after FEMA’s second denial for public disaster assistance. An estimated two dozen tornadoes hit Illinois Nov. 17, claiming seven lives and damaging or destroying thousands of homes, businesses and other structures. Quinn visited the hardest-hit town of Washington with his cabinet. He says the money will come from the state’s capital and emergency accounts. State Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken:
Rockford's Jefferson High School continues in its first year of career academies. Students here are getting the first true test of the district’s approach to career-themed learning. WNIJ’s Mike Moen has been hearing from students about their experience. In his latest visit, he found a statistic that surprised just about everyone at the school.
The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois House are taking opposing views on whether Illinois should promise taxpayer money to try and lure President Barack Obama's library and museum to Chicago.