Gov. Pat Quinn
There are now four lawsuits naming the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a defendant and 33 months left in the state’s pilot program, which has been troubled by questions about background checks and how the government selected businesses.
Illinois Supreme Court justices asked the state’s lawyer to explain Wednesday how the government can seek extraordinary power to reduce public pension benefits in the face of a fiscal crisis when the government itself is culpable for the financial mess.
For the first time since leaving office, former Gov. Pat Quinn was back in the public eye, and he pulled no punches regarding his successor’s budget plans.
Gov. Bruce Rauner issued the licenses Monday after conducting an internal review that noted flaws in former Gov. Pat Quinn’s handling of the license process. But Rauner’s announcement didn’t mention the lack of national criminal background checks for the new industry he’d just launched.
Hundreds of parents and daycare providers gathered at the Thompson Center on Friday to call on state lawmakers to restore funding to the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program.
Gov. Bruce Rauner had nothing but scorn for his predecessor on Friday, when he took questions from reporters about the transition process during his first weeks in office.
While criticizing state spending and state worker salaries as too high, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying top members of his administration significantly more than their predecessors in Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, a review by The Associated Press has found.
The Quinn administration had said it would issue the licenses by the end of 2014, but the Chicago Democrat did not act before Republican Bruce Rauner succeeded him, instead saying that agencies in charge of evaluating applications still had more work to do.
Gov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.
Republican Bruce Rauner became the 42nd governor of Illinois and only minutes after being sworn, he enacted a statewide spending freeze.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has decided he will not award licenses to medical marijuana cultivation centers before his term in office ends, his spokesman said Monday.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is running out of time to announce who will receive potentially lucrative licenses to run medical marijuana businesses in Illinois.
The lag will force cultivation center owners to break ground during the coldest winter months, and, ultimately, delay harvest of the first cannabis crop.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday giving Illinois’ attorney general more power to stop pension payments to convicted felons.
Distributing private images online without a person’s consent will be a felony under a law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Gov. Pat Quinn has tapped his budget director, Jerry Stermer, as temporary successor to the late Judy Baar Topinka as state comptroller.
Gov. Pat Quinn was moving to call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month to vote on legislation to set up a special election in 2016 for the Illinois State Comptroller’s office.
The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged lawmakers Monday to let voters choose a replacement for the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in 2016 after outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner make separate appointments to fill the job in the interim.
The case involves the pension fix lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn adopted last year. The law cut retirement benefits and made other changes to help fill a $111 billion deficit in five state pensions systems caused by years of state underfunding.