Pat Quinn

Government
6:41 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Quinn Supports Effort To Boost Illinois' Minimum Wage

WNIJ

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to raise the state’s minimum wage. His support comes as new census figures show more Illinois residents are living in poverty.

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Government
7:59 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Quinn Wants Illinois Government To Share More Data

Illinois will step up the government data it puts online under an executive order issued by Governor Pat Quinn. The move comes even as Quinn is keeping information generated by his office under wraps.

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Politics
10:56 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Durbin Not Ready To Endorse Quinn

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator is holding off backing Governor Pat Quinn for reelection. Dick Durbin says he’ll wait to make sure Quinn’s actually planning to run in 2014.

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Government
6:14 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Governor Quinn Vetoes Plastic Bags Bill

Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that would have required a plastic bag recycling program in Illinois. Quinn says the measure would have restricted municipalities from adopting their own rules regarding the use of plastic bags.

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Government
6:24 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Clock Is Ticking For Governor Quinn To Act On Gambling Bill

Governor Pat Quinn has until Tuesday to act on the measure that would add five casinos in Illinois, including one for Rockford. The city of Chicago would also get a casino. 

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Government
10:38 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Quinn lashes out at GOP over stalled pension effort

Gov. Pat Quinn issued a statement Friday evening regarding the General Assembly's inaction on comprehensive public pension reform.

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Government
3:43 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Enterprise zones extended in Illinois

Gover Pat Quinn signing a new Illinois law during a stop in Rockford

Governor Pat Quinn toured Illinois Tuesday as he signed legislation that extends tax incentives for businesses within so-called enterprise zones. One of the stops was at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

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Government
5:52 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Quinn renews call for assault weapons ban

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.

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Government
6:26 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Quinn wants special session to deal with pensions

WNIJ

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.

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Government
6:35 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Quinn signs new Illinois budget

WNIJ

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. 

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