Governor Pat Quinn

State News
7:07 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Special session unlikely to produce agreement on pension reform

Get ready for Illinois lawmakers to leave Springfield later this week with no agreement on pension reform … again. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called pension reform his top priority the past two years. The state has about 100 billion dollars in debt related to retirement benefits, and that’s growing. But the top Democrats in the Senate and the House haven’t agreed on the best way to cut retirement benefits, creating a rift between allies.

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State News
7:04 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Group fights transparency issues within concealed carry legislation

Governor Pat Quinn says he's reviewing the compromise legislators reached on concealed carry.  No matter what action the governor takes, the measure's sponsor says it needs a minor fix, following concerns about transparency. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains. 

Illinois residents would be able to carry guns in public under the measure before Governor Quinn. First, they would have to get a concealed carry permit.  The measure creates a state board to review applications.

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:19 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Tazewell County allowing concealed-carry

Tazewell County is joining two other Illinois counties in allowing concealed carry. That’s as the state waits for Governor Pat Quinn to decide what he’ll do with legislation that would allow people to carry concealed guns.  

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State News
2:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Political scientist says not to underestimate Quinn

Politicians looking to take over the governor's mansion have gotten a lot of attention lately, but a politician scientist warns not to discount the man occupying it now.  IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Most voters are less than impressed by Governor Pat Quinn's performance and according to polls, they haven't been for a while. Which helps explain why he's got so many challengers. 

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State News
7:14 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. still reviewing concealed carry legislation

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is not saying if he will sign a bill allowing residents to carry concealed guns. The state legislature approved a concealed carry bill after a federal court ruled Illinois’ ban unconstitutional.

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State News
7:05 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. says lawmakers should take a lesson from the Chicago Blackhawks

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state legislature could take a lesson from the Chicago Blackhawks in passing pension reform. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Lawmakers adjourned from Springfield without passing what many consider the biggest issue facing the state: its increasing pension obligations. So Governor Quinn called them back for a special session next week, saying they should take the two rival pension reform plans, put them on the same bill, and pass them both. He says he knows of another team that got the job done when it was needed.

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State News
6:56 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Political scientist says Gov. needs a win on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn “Desperately needs a win” on pension reform. That’s the conclusion of political scientist Kent Redfield. The U of I Springfield professor spoke ahead of next week’s special session on pensions, which Quinn ordered. Redfield says the Governor repeatedly blamed pension costs for the state's budget problems. If no agreement is reached, Redfield says, Quinn will look weak going into next year’s primary election:

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State News
7:25 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Gov. to meet with legislative leaders on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’ll be meeting with legislative leaders Monday to discuss pension reform. Lawmakers adjourned for the summer without agreeing on the best way to reduce benefits for state employees. Quinn says that cost is cutting into other state expenses.

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State News
6:23 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Gov. reviewing concealed carry plan

The plan that would give Illinois a concealed carry law has reached Governor Pat Quinn's desk. Lawmakers approved it last week. But it often can take a few days to move the legislation.  A Quinn spokesperson says the governor is "reviewing it carefully."

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State News
7:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Senate votes down pension measure

It's the final day of the legislative session, and the foremost issue that has plagued lawmakers all year remains unresolved. There's a chance yesterday's actions may have deepened a divide between the House and Senate over what to do about the state's massive pension debt. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains. 

Gov. Pat Quinn is asking the state senate to reconsider its vote, after the chamber quashed a pension measure that would cut state employees' and teachers' retirement benefits. Quinn says the Senate's action lets down the people of Illinois, whom he says are paying $17 million every day the current pension system stays in place. 

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