Election 2014
6:08 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Vallas Takes Aim At Rauner's Tax Stance

Credit WNIJ

Governor Pat Quinn’s running mate is criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s support for what Vallas says would be taxes on food and drugs.

Paul Vallas says Rauner’s support for a consumption tax is unfair to middle and working class residents.

“When you tax consumption, when you tax services, you’re not basing those taxes on your ability to pay. You’re imposing those taxes regardless of your ability to pay,” Vallas said.

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7:48 am
Fri July 11, 2014

GOP: Continue State Probe Of Anti-Violence Program

Rep. Jim Durkin

Illinois Republicans say they want to continue a legislative investigation into a mismanaged anti-violence program.

That goes against the wishes of the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Justice asked Illinois state lawmakers to postpone their hearings on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

Governor Pat Quinn’s advisors who ran the anti-violence program have been subpoenaed by a legislative committee looking into why it was so poorly managed.

Federal prosecutors have also issued subpoenas related to the program.

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4:52 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Tentative Deal Reached For AFSCME

Credit AFSCME.org

After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.

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5:29 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Quinn to Deliver "State of the State"

Credit state of Illinois

WNIJ will carry the Governor's address today at noon

It is an opportunity for the Chicago Democrat to boast of his accomplishments and set the stage for his budget address in the coming weeks. Senator Mike Jacobs, a Democrat from East Moline, says he believes Quinn has done a good job despite difficult circumstances.

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Veto Session
4:39 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Former Lawmakers Confirmed for New State Jobs

The Illinois Senate on Wednesday confirmed two former state representatives who have been accused of being rewarded with state jobs for flip-flopping on issues. Both men campaigned against a tax hike ... only to vote in favor of it after losing election.

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4:51 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Advocates Fight to Keep Developmental Center Open


A state board that authorizes the closure of medical facilities has been urged to reject Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Jacksonville Developmental Center. Quinn says smaller, community-based homes are better for the institution's developmentally disabled residents. But some parents say those group homes are not up to the job -- and there aren't enough of them in the area to accommodate all the patients at Jacksonville.

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4:21 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Quinn Yet to Unveil Grassroots Pension Plan

Governor Pat Quinn initially said a campaign dealing with public employee pensions would begin in August. Illinois owes $83 billion more in pensions than there is money available.  That debt has prompted widespread calls for cuts to state employees' and teachers' benefits.

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4:50 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Quinn: Former Governor should serve out sentence

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan

Governor Pat Quinn says imprisoned former Governor George Ryan should serve out the rest of his prison sentence. A federal court has denied an appeal filed by Ryan.

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6:48 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Quinn calls for pension reform, warns of consequences

Governor Pat Quinn says without a retirement system overhaul, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education in the next five years. Quinn's office says under current projections, required state pension contributions will rise to over $6 billion in the next few years if no reform is enacted.

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6:53 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Quinn asks for more federal help for drought-stricken counties


Governor Pat Quinn has asked for federal disaster designations for virtually all Illinois counties. His request comes amid one of the state's worst droughts on record.

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