Governor Pat Quinn is renewing his call for an assault weapons ban for Illinois. But in order to get it passed, he'll need the support of a Republican lawmaker who opposes the idea.
Quinn first raised the issue in the days following the Colorado shooting rampage. He spotted an opening in legislation that would have allowed people to purchase ammunition by mail from companies within Illinois. On Tuesday, Quinn used his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the proposal so it would ban many types of semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Governor Pat Quinn has called members of the state legislature back to Springfield August 17th for a special session on government pensions. But it's not clear if they're prepared to vote on the issue.
There's been a consensus among political leaders in Springfield that something has to be done about the state pension system. It's estimated to be $83-billion short of being able to meet its future obligations.
The $33.7 billion dollar budget is $57 million dollars less than the budget lawmakers sent him. As promised, the governor is moving to close several state facilities, including Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center.
Republican lawmakers have criticized parts of Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close a $2.7 billion gap in Illinois' Medicaid program, which includes a $1 per pack increase in Illinois’ cigarette tax.
And doctors say Quinn's proposed cuts to reimbursement rates for medical services would be devastating. Laura Shea, president of the Sangamon County Medical Society, says doctors already get less money from the state for treating public aid patients than they do for patients with private insurance.
Thousands of caregivers, child protection workers, and police officers represented by the AFSCME will hold a statewide “Day of Action” Thursday. The events will demonstrate opposition to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget cuts. Employees of the Singer Mental Health Center will hold a protest Thursday afternoon at Rockford's Zeke Giorgi Center. The Singer facility is targeted for closure.
Governor Pat Quinn used his State of the State address to outline proposals he says would boost Illinois' economy. The governor's plan includes various tax cuts. He also proposed an increase in education spending.