2014 Governor’s Race
Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner traded barbs Thursday on the issue of violent crime, as the governor sought to make Rauner’s support for ownership of assault weapons a major campaign issue.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican rival Bruce Rauner have both sought to use the state’s jobs situation as a political weapon. But their claims and the numbers behind them demonstrate that the picture isn’t nearly as clear as either Quinn or Rauner suggests.
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday offered a plan to revamp the state’s tax system, and voiced support for raising the minimum wage, coupled with business reforms.
A bipartisan legislative panel was debating Wednesday morning whether to comply with a request from federal prosecutors to hold off on their own investigation a scandal-plagued anti-violence program Gov. Pat Quinn launched during his 2010 election run.
The Chicago Democrat’s actions, which also included ordering an outside audit of past IDOT hires, come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications.
The campaigns of Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner were trading fire Thursday over who pays what in personal income taxes.
Gov. Pat Quinn visited the historic – and conveniently named – Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church to sign a measure extending the life and powers of the state’s African American Family Commission.
The wealthy Winnetka businessman ripped Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for allowing tax incentives for companies that later laid off workers and tax “loopholes” for the oil industry and people who own yachts and jets. He also said he’d eliminate a sales tax exemption on newsprint and ink, among others.
Gov. Pat Quinn has dispatched his running mate, Paul Vallas, to ridicule the so-called 10-point budget plan outlined by Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.
House Speaker Michael Madigan emerged from a Memorial Day caucus meeting and told reporters that he was dropping the idea of making the 5 percent income tax permanent — and crafting a budget blueprint that holds the line on spending but is not the “doomsday” plan the House overwhelmingly rejected on Friday.
“He’s basically taking this position of opposing the governor’s budget, without offering anything – ANYTHING – in its place,” Vallas said.
Just hours before it was disclosed federal prosecutors are looking into Gov. Pat Quinn’s embattled anti-violence program, Republican rival Bruce Rauner’s campaign launched a toll-free hotline for state workers to blow the whistle on alleged corruption in the governor’s office.
Municipalities statewide have pushed for legislative help for underfunded pensions. Mayors say costs have risen, pension obligations are crowding out spending for other services and raising property taxes may be the answer. Quinn’s against raising property taxes.
Questions about alleged patronage hiring violations at the Illinois Department of Transportation have become a flashpoint in the race for governor.
Kirk said if people want to fire their elected officials, they can vote them out of office.
Paul Vallas hit the campaign trail as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate on Wednesday, going on the attack against Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner for wanting to reduce the state’s income tax, saying it would have a “devastating” impact on schools.
Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting “extreme and radical” budget cuts to schools and services without additional revenue.
Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to propose making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent in order to avoid massive budget cuts when he presents his election year budget address Wednesday, according to lawmakers briefed on his plans.
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said he’s not going to agree with his supporters on every issue, even his own wife.