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Gov. Pat Quinn

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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

Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to sign legislation requiring Illinois schools to develop and implement anti-bullying policies. (Credit; Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Legislation

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said the legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday would require all public schools to develop and carry out an anti-bullying policy.

06/26/2014

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

Quinn Refuses To Testify About Anti-Violence Program

Gov. Pat Quinn has rejected a challenge to testify before a legislative panel looking into the scandal-plagued anti-violence program Quinn created before the 2010 election.

06/26/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner gives the thumbs-up after casting his ballot in the Illinois primary election on March 18, 2014 in Winnetka.  (Credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Rauner Calls For Ending Some Corporate Tax Breaks

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.

06/26/2014

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Governor Cuts 80 Free Parking Spots For State Workers

Gov. Pat Quinn has decided to eliminate dozens of state parking spaces downtown, taking away free parking for many state employees.

06/24/2014

Gavel

State Panel Subpoenas Former Head Of Gov. Quinn’s Anti-Crime Program

The vote means committee members will compel Barbara Shaw to answer questions about the $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

06/23/2014

Parking Ticket

New State Law Prohibits Issuing Ticket Quota To Police

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that prohibits municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas on Sunday.

06/15/2014

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