Gov. Pat Quinn

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Seeks Federal Probe Of Disaster Funds From Hurricane Ike

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has called for a federal investigation of federal disaster relief funds that the Quinn administration used for an anti-violence program already under the microscope for mismanagement of funds.

08/01/2014

Ballots

Illinois To Ask Voters About Taxing Millionaires

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.

07/29/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Quinn, Rauner Spar Over Crime-Fighting Policies

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.

07/24/2014

Francisco Espinal-Quiroz (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Trucker Accused Of Speeding, Driving 12 Hours Before Deadly I-55 Wreck

Prosecutors said Francisco Espinal-Quiroz was driving at least 15 mph faster than the posted construction zone speed limit at the time of the crash, and there was no evidence that he applied the brakes before the crash, although it was not clear if he fell asleep at the wheel.

07/22/2014

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Quinn Signs $1B Plan For Road Repair In Illinois

The Chicago Democrat approved the bipartisan legislation that will also provide lawmakers with opportunities to attend popular ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year.

07/22/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Quinn, Rauner Use Jobs Claims As Campaign Weapons

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.

07/21/2014

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Quinn Touts Expansion Of Job Training Program

The Quinn administration has expanded a job training program that helps people get jobs in the construction industry, on the heels of news the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in June, its lowest level in nearly six years.

07/18/2014

Members of the Legislative Audit Commission conduct a hearing into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010. A state audit found the program was rife with problems, including mismanagement of program funds. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers Delay Testimony On Quinn Anti-Violence Program Until October

A day after enduring several hours of political bickering, members of a legislative panel officially postponed further hearings into Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative to avoid possibly compromising a criminal investigation by the feds.

07/17/2014

Members of the Legislative Audit Commission conduct a hearing into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010. A state audit found the program was rife with problems, including mismanagement of program funds. (Credit: CBS)

Hearing On Quinn Anti-Violence Program Bogged Down By Partisan Debate

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.

07/16/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Legislative Panel To Vote Next Week On Feds’ Request To Delay Probe Of Quinn Program

The co-chairman of a legislative panel investigating Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued anti-violence program said Thursday members of the commission will vote next week whether to comply with a request from federal prosecutors to hold off their probe for 90 days.

07/10/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Topinka: Looming $2B Drop In Revenue A ‘Heart Attack’ For State Finances

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is warning of “a $2 billion collapse” next year when the state’s temporary income tax increase begins to roll back.

07/09/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Shakman: Quinn Claim On Hiring A ‘Straw Man’

Gov. Pat Quinn has asked a judge to reject anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman’s request for a federal hiring monitor, arguing the action would be detrimental to state officials’ duties. Shakman said that was a “straw man” argument.

07/09/2014

Ald. Will Burns (at podium) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) discuss a task force's recommendation to raise Chicago's minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Mayoral Task Force Recommends $13-An-Hour Minimum Wage By 2018

The panel recommended raising the current $8.25 per hour minimum wage in Chicago by $1.25 a year for each of the next three years, followed by a $1 increase in 2018, for a total of $13 an hour in four years.

07/08/2014

A float in the 4th of July parade in northwest suburban Arlington Heights. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Area Shows Its Patriotic Spirit For 4th Of July

A sunny morning made the perfect start for the July 4th weekend; and an ideal day for parades, picnics, and barbecues before the night’s fireworks.

07/04/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Halts IDOT Political Hiring

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.

07/04/2014

Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and state Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Orland Hills) call on Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner to release his full income tax returns. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Quinn Supporters Urge Rauner To Release Full Tax Returns

The campaigns of Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner were trading fire Thursday over who pays what in personal income taxes.

07/03/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at a South Loop church on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

Governor Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Act

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.

07/02/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Replaces IDOT Chief Who Resigned Amid Controversy

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Monday that Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren has been appointed to the post held by Ann Schneider since 2011.

07/01/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn Makes Minor Changes To $35.7B Budget

The Chicago Democrat cut $250 million for renovations to the state Capitol from the $35.7 billion spending plan, saying the state can’t afford to move forward with improvements this year. He also said he has directed state agencies to make additional cuts, including selling half the state’s 21 airplanes.

06/30/2014

Ballots

Judge Tosses Term Limits Measure, Rauner Plans Appeal

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said he plans to appeal a Cook County judge’s ruling that tosses out a ballot initiative seeking to impose term limits on state lawmakers.

06/27/2014

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