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Quinn Signs Fracking Regulations Into Law

Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law what’s touted as the nation’s toughest regulations on “fracking.” High-volume hydraulic fracturing is a controversial process used to reach oil and natural gas deep underground. The director of the Illinois Environmental Council, Jen … Continue reading

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Concealed Carry Permits And Gun Range Training

Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation to legalize and regulate the carrying of concealed handguns. Governor Pat Quinn’s office says he’s now “carefully reviewing” the measure. Advocates on both sides of the gun debate say a provision requiring hands-on training is … Continue reading

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Gov. Quinn Calls Lawmakers Back To Springfield For Special Session

Lawmakers will be back in Springfield on June 19 after Gov. Pat Quinn announced a special session of the state legislature on Thursday. Chris Slaby reports on what insiders believe is needed to reach a deal. Brooke Anderson, Quinn’s spokesperson, said … Continue reading

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After No Pension Deal, Fitch Lowers Illinois’ Credit Rating

Illinois’ credit rating has suffered another downgrade. It follows the General Assembly’s adjournment Friday without any agreement on what to do about the state’s pension systems. A string of previous downgrades already left Illinois with the lowest bond rating in … Continue reading

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Children Sexual Abuse Measure Heads To Governor’s Desk

Victims of sexual abuse in Illinois have a limited amount of time in which to file charges. But a proposal on its way to the governor would back some of those limits. Tiffany Denmark of Chicago said she was sexually … Continue reading

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Pension Standoff Remains Heading Into Last Day Of Session

The Illinois Senate overwhelmingly rejected legislation on Thursday that would curtail government employees’ and teachers’ retirement benefits. It raises the question of whether lawmakers will do anything to address Illinois’ indebted retirement systems before they adjourn Friday night. The pension-cutting … Continue reading

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Election Proposal Leaves Lt. Gov. Race Unchanged

The Illinois Senate has approved a multi-faceted change to the state’s election laws. The legislation is almost as notable for what it does not do, as for what it does. The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law, … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Ban Headed to Governor

The Illinois House gave final approval on Tuesday to a ban on the hand-held use of cell phones behind the wheel. The fate of the idea is now up to Gov. Pat Quinn. The issue had been debated before, but … Continue reading

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With Days To Go, Crunch Time In Capitol

While many people across Illinois had Monday off from work for Memorial Day, the members of the Illinois General Assembly were meeting in Springfield. Just four days remain until lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the summer. The last week … Continue reading

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Quinn Vows To Stop House Concealed-Carry Plan

The Illinois House on Friday approved legislation that would let Illinoisans carry concealed firearms. But Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll work to “stop it in its tracks.” The measure is being touted as a compromise by its sponsor, Rep. Brandon … Continue reading

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Senator Apologizes For Nazi Reference About State Director

A Democratic state senator who compared Governor Pat Quinn to Hitler is apologizing for his remarks. Senator Donne Trotter, who’s from Chicago, made the comment to WUIS on Monday. He was expressing his frustration with Quinn’s support for the director … Continue reading

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“Fracking” Plan Advances In Illinois House

A plan to regulate the oil and gas drilling process known as “hydraulic fracturing” is moving forward in the Illinois House. It’s made halting progress all spring as environmental groups negotiated over whether the legislation had enough protections to keep … Continue reading

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Senators Call For Gov. Quinn To Replace DHFS Director

Two key factions in the Illinois Senate majority say the director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services needs to go. Julie Hamos has been director of HFS since 2010. After last year’s cuts in health care for … Continue reading

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GOP Senators: Gill Appointment Part Of Political Deal

Illinois Republicans are crying foul over the governor’s appointment of a state health official. They say it’s a political deal meant to pave the way for a Democratic congressional candidate next year. Dr. David Gill of Bloomington was appointed the … Continue reading

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Senate Sends Medical Marijuana To Governor

The Illinois Senate approved legislation Friday that would legalize the medical use of marijuana. Brian Mackey has more: In the end, the vote was not that close — 35 senators voted yes, 21 no. Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, sponsored the … Continue reading

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School Bus Funding Cuts In Gov. Quinn’s Budget Proposal

***CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed previous proposed school transportation funding cuts to Gov. Pat Quinn. It was actually the General Assembly that introduced the cuts for Fiscal Year 13. Reductions were avoided by the reallocation of … Continue reading

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Public Pensions’ Fate Rests Largely With Divided Democratic Leaders

A plan that will leave state employees and teachers with reduced retirement benefits made it out of the Illinois House Thursday, potentially paving the way for the pension overhaul that has thus far eluded lawmakers. But it also ignites a … Continue reading

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In Legislative First, Illinois House Passes Pension Overhaul

The Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday approved a massive overhaul of state pensions. It’s the first time the House has passed such a plan after more than a year of negotiating and many failed attempts. Its also the first … Continue reading

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Police Honor Officers Killed On Duty

Police officers from across Illinois gathered in Springfield Thursday to honor colleagues killed in the line of duty — including one killed in 2012. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage was patrolling on his motorcycle on … Continue reading

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Illinois Legislators Weigh In On Olympic Wrestling

Illinois lawmakers are “weighing in” on Olympic organizers’ decision to drop wrestling from the summer games. The Illinois House passed a resolution encouraging the International Olympic Committee to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport.   The state Senate is poised to … Continue reading

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Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Expansion

The Illinois Senate has once again approved an expansion of gambling. But it remains to be seen whether Governor Pat Quinn will go along with the plan. LISTEN: The full Senate debate of gambling expansion. The legislation would create new casinos … Continue reading

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AFSCME To Re-Vote On State Contract

Illinois’ new deal with the state’s largest public employees union could be null and void.   The union is going to take a second vote on its contract agreement with Governor Pat Quinn’s administration. It took 15 months for AFSCME to … Continue reading

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Gov. Quinn Making More, Giving Less

Governor Pat Quinn‘s tax returns show he made more money last year … but he gave less to charity than he did in 2011. Governor Pat Quinn’s making more money, now that state employees and officials are no longer taking … Continue reading

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Quinn Signals Caution On Bill To Raise Speed Limit

This week, Senators gave their okay to raising the speed limit on Illinois highways, but Governor Pat Quinn isn’t so sure.  Drivers could legally put the pedal to the metal a BIT more under a measure recently approved by the … Continue reading

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Personal Stories Push Medical Marijuana Through Illinois House

The Illinois House of Representatives approved the medical use of marijuana Wednesday. The legislation still has to be voted on by the Senate and signed by the governor before people will be able to seek out the drug. But the … Continue reading

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Activists, Victims Call For Gun Regulations

As Illinois lawmakers consider lifting the concealed-carry ban, activists rallied to call on legislators to also enact new gun regulations. A court has given the state until early June to pass a law allowing people to carry guns in public. … Continue reading

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Gov. Quinn: Never Visited Jacksonville Or Murray Developmental Centers

Under the direction of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois is closing another state facility for people with severe developmental disabilities. He shuttered the Jacksonville Developmental Center last year. Next, is the Murray Developmental Center, in Centralia. But he admits he has … Continue reading

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Republican Rauner Invites Legislators To Campaign Meeting

According to a recent analysis of polling by The New York Times, Illinois’ Pat Quinn is the second least popular governor in the U-S. Needless to say, that has lots of politicians eyeing his job.  One, wealthy Republican considering a … Continue reading

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Corporate Tax Policy Tug Of War Begins

The perennial game of tug-of-war over state taxes has begun. Governor Pat Quinn wants legislators to close what he calls “corporate tax loopholes.” The Governor’s office says Illinois could save $445 million by closing three so-called loopholes.

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Gov. Quinn Going to Mexico

Governor Pat Quinn is on his way to Mexico Wednesday. Quinn says the focus of his trip is on improving trade between Mexico and Illinois. QUINN: “The way I see it, the governor of Illinois — that’s my job — … Continue reading

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Quinn: Online Gambling Proposal “Problematic”

The latest version of a plan to give Illinois more casinos also bets on a type of wagering currently not allowed at all: Internet gambling. But as Amanda Vinicky reports, the Governor’s not interested in playing. Governor Pat Quinn has … Continue reading

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AFSCME Members Say “Yes” To New State Contract

State employees who are members of AFSCME have voted overwhelmingly to accept the terms of a new state contract.  The union announced the results last evening. Governor Pat Quinn and the union spent 15 months bargaining, until finally coming up … Continue reading

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DCEO Fights For Its Life As Legislators Debate Privatization

Governor Pat Quinn’s administration is fighting to keep control of its economic development arm, as legislators debate moving to a private model. DCEOpriv1 Illinois’ success at keeping, and attracting, companies remains under scrutiny — especially since Sears and the Chicago … Continue reading

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Quinn Expected To Issue Executive Order Eliminating Dozens Of State Boards

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn may have a hard time getting most of his budget through the General Assembly, but he is expected to act today on one proposal that doesn’t require getting legislators’ approval. Governor Quinn is set to follow … Continue reading

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Searching for Surprises in Quinn’s Budget Speech

There were few surprises Wednesday in Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget address to the Illinois General Assembly. He called it a “difficult” proposal, with steep cuts in spending on education. So we challenged Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey to find seven things … Continue reading

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