Gov. Pat Quinn http://peoriapublicradio.org en Illinois Education Association backs Quinn for Governor http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-education-association-backs-quinn-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A major teachers' union has chosen who it's backing in this year's elections. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public employee unions suffered a huge defeat last year, when their years-long battle to protect their members' pensions came to an end.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:47:42 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25850 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois Education Association backs Quinn for Governor New Illinois law allows same day registration and voting http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-illinois-law-allows-same-day-registration-and-voting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time - Illinois residents this year will be allowed to register to vote on the same day they cast their ballots.&nbsp;</span></p><div> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:47:06 +0000 Tony Arnold 25793 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New Illinois law allows same day registration and voting Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-democrats-meet-madigan-not-present <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Democrats gathered in Springfield Wednesday to rally behind their candidates ahead of next year’s election.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But they met among a backdrop of party infighting, lawsuits - and without the presence of the state’s party chairman.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Springfield - </span>IPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tony Arnold reports:</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p></div><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:21:24 +0000 Tony Arnold 10436 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present Food and fun as Illinois State Fair begins http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/food-and-fun-illinois-state-fair-begins <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois State Fair officially got underway Friday. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on what's happening at this year's fair:</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p></div><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:22:08 +0000 Brian Mackey 10207 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Food and fun as Illinois State Fair begins IL Secretary of State Jesse White taking neutral position on race for Governor http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-secretary-state-jesse-white-taking-neutral-position-race-governor <p></p><p>A top Illinois Democrat says he's not choosing sides in the Governor's race, where incumbent Pat Quinn is facing a challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:13:58 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10006 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Secretary of State Jesse White taking neutral position on race for Governor Gov. Quinn endorses concept of sealing Illinois River from Great Lakes http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-endorses-concept-sealing-illinois-river-great-lakes <p>There’s been some tension among the Great Lakes states over what to do about Asian carp spreading from the Mississippi River system to Lake Michigan. The two bodies of water join at the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that links to the Des Plaines and into the Illinois River.<br><br>At their weekend meeting on Mackinac Island, The Great Lakes Council of Governors agreed to adopt a common strategy to fight the spread of invasive species. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn endorsed the concept of sealing off the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin.<br> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 23:22:29 +0000 Rick Pluta & Tom Hunt 6648 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn endorses concept of sealing Illinois River from Great Lakes Senate approves changes to state election law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-approves-changes-state-election-law <p></p><div>The Illinois Senate has approved a multi-faceted change to the state's election laws. The legislation is almost as notable for what it does NOT do, as for what it does. IPR'S Brian Mackey explains.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law including online voter registration.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But until Wednesday, the legislation also would have changed how Illinois gets a lieutenant governor.</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 11:56:31 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6468 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gambling expansion proposal still being negotiated http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gambling-expansion-proposal-still-being-negotiated <p></p><p></p><div>Supporters of gambling expansion in Illinois are scrambling to negotiate the bill in Springfield. A plan to add five casinos in Illinois, including one in Chicago, is still being negotiated as state legislators are scheduled to end their session on Friday.</div><div> Wed, 29 May 2013 17:53:37 +0000 Denise Molina & Tony Arnold 6418 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gambling expansion proposal still being negotiated Senate overrides Governor's veto of smart grid legislation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-overrides-governors-veto-smart-grid-legislation <p></p><div>The Illinois Senate Tuesday voted to override Governor Pat Quinn's veto of so-called smart grid legislation. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it was yet another display of ComEd's power over the Illinois General Assembly.</div><p>W<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hen the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chicago-land</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> electric utility </span>ComEd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> did not like the way the state regulator was handling its request to charge customers more money, it pleaded its case to the legislature. Lawmakers obliged by superseding the regulator, but earlier this month, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Quinn vetoed the legislation.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 12:17:16 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6003 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate overrides Governor's veto of smart grid legislation Gov. Quinn confident lawmakers will find compromise on pension reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-confident-lawmakers-will-find-compromise-pension-reform <p></p><div>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he thinks lawmakers in the next two weeks will break a stalemate over competing pension reform plans. The General Assembly is scheduled to wrap up its legislative session at the end of the month.</div><div> Tue, 21 May 2013 12:45:04 +0000 Denise Molina & Tony Arnold 5940 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn confident lawmakers will find compromise on pension reform