Governor Pat Quinn http://peoriapublicradio.org en Quinn stays silent on whether he wants to extend the income tax increase http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-stays-silent-whether-he-wants-extend-income-tax-increase <div>The only mention of taxes during Governor Pat Quinn's address at ISU Sunday came when discussing the Republican candidates for Governor. Illinois' largest-ever income tax increase is due to sunset half-way through the fiscal year, but the Chicago Democrat is not saying if he'll support continuing the temporary hike.</div><div> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:14:11 +0000 Willis Kern 18749 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn stays silent on whether he wants to extend the income tax increase Why not combine the State of the State and budget addresses? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/why-not-combine-state-state-and-budget-addresses <div>Something notable was missing from Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address this week: talk about Illinois’ finances. Presumably that’ll come when he gives his budget address next month. This got IPR'S Lee Strubinger&nbsp;wondering: why not have just one speech?</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like Quinn, Senator John Sullivan of </span>Rushville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a Democrat. Still, he says the State of the State speech was lacking detail, and it left him wondering what will happen to the state's budget.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:12:18 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18314 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Why not combine the State of the State and budget addresses? Gov. Quinn announces more than $1 million approved to help tornado victims http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-announces-more-1-million-approved-help-tornado-victims <p>Tornado victims throughout Illinois are being approved for more than one-million dollars in federal aid. Governor Pat Quinn says the money is helping those impacted by the tornadoes that struck the state last month. The federal grants are paying for disaster-related expense like temporary home rental, home repairs, and replacement of damaged personal property.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:30:06 +0000 Denise Molina 16179 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn announces more than $1 million approved to help tornado victims Springfield Bishop to hold prayer service the day same-sex marriage to become law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/springfield-bishop-hold-prayer-service-day-same-sex-marriage-become-law <div>The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.</div><div><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn is planning a big public ceremony to sign the same-sex marriage bill next Wednesday in Chicago.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An hour or so later, Bishop Thomas John </span>Paprocki<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will hold a sort of counter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:41:24 +0000 Brian Mackey 14916 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Springfield Bishop to hold prayer service the day same-sex marriage to become law Rutherford calls for Il to develop long-term plan for facilities http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rutherford-calls-il-develop-long-term-plan-facilities <div>A Republican candidate for governor is once again calling for Illinois to change the way it manages major facilities, like prisons and developmental centers. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, that includes how the state CLOSES such facilities.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says past attempts to close prisons and other big state institutions have been haphazard. He says this has been going on for years, back at least to the administrations of former governors Ryan and Blagojevich. But it's still happening, as with this year's closure of the women's prison in Dwight.</span></p></div><div> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:18:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 14898 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rutherford calls for Il to develop long-term plan for facilities Gov. Quinn says he'll announce running mate soon http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-says-hell-announce-running-mate-soon <div>The only candidate running for governor who has yet to announce a running mate is incumbent Pat Quinn. The Democrat has been silent about who he wants as a lieutenant governor. But time is running out.</div><div> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:24:39 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14529 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn says he'll announce running mate soon Some unionized state workers still waiting for promised raises http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-unionized-state-workers-still-waiting-promised-raises <div>Illinois lawmakers still have yet to fund long-promised raises for certain state employees. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it’s affecting thousands of unionized workers.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The raises were negotiated under the Blagojevich administration, but it was </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn who starting in 2011 said he didn’t have the money to pay them. The </span>AFSCME<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> union sued, and a judge ordered the state to pay, with interest.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:45:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 14038 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Some unionized state workers still waiting for promised raises Gov. Quinn says pension shortfall is a crisis http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-says-pension-shortfall-crisis <div>Governor Pat Quinn is disputing a fellow top Democrat's statements that Illinois' nearly 100-billion-dollar pension shortfall is not a crisis.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate President John </span>Cullerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has said that the pension shortfall is not an imminent crisis, but finding a solution can keep the state's income taxes down.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:44:09 +0000 Brian Mackey 13811 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn says pension shortfall is a crisis Rauner chooses running mate http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rauner-chooses-running-mate <div>Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner&nbsp;Tuesday is announcing his running mate. As IPR&#39;S Brian Mackey reports, she&#39;s a Wheaton city councilwoman with little experience in statewide politics.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Her name is Evelyn </span>Pacino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sanguinetti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She studied piano performance and went on to become a lawyer, including a stint working for former Republican attorney general Jim Ryan.</span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:10:23 +0000 Brian Mackey 13089 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rauner chooses running mate Gov. Quinn against giving ADM tax incentives to stay in Il http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-against-giving-adm-tax-incentives-stay-il <div>When lawmakers return to Springfield for their fall session later this month, they&#39;ll be weighing requests from several international companies that want tax breaks for keeping their headquarters in Illinois. But as IPR&#39;S Brian Mackey reports, Governor Pat Quinn is throwing cold water on that idea.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of the tax-credit attention has gone to agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland, which wants up to $24 million to keep its global head office in Illinois. But lawmakers have also heard requests from Zurich Insurance, based in Schaumburg, and </span>OfficeMax<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, based in Naperville, and there are others. &nbsp;</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Quinn, however, says pensions need to come first.</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:56:55 +0000 Brian Mackey 12932 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn against giving ADM tax incentives to stay in Il