state of Illinois

Illinois is into its third week without a state budget. Despite a buzz of activity at the statehouse yesterday, no real progress was made on getting one in place. 

Spending plans did move on a few fronts. Democrats in the Illinois Senate voted to override a handful of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget vetoes. 

If the House does the same, Illinois would be able to pay its state troopers and to keep funding the inspector general's office and the public health department. Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan did not appear confident he has the votes to make it happen.

Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill

Mar 4, 2013

Gov. Pat Quinn waited until the last minute to act on a plan that would have given Illinois five new casinos – including one in Rockford – and allowed slot machines at horse race tracks.  

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey expressed disappointment at the veto but was optimistic that a Rockford-based casino could be approved in the November veto session.

Governor Quinn Vetoes Plastic Bags Bill

Aug 27, 2012

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.