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  • Quinn budget preview: cuts, but no new taxes

    Quinn budget preview: cuts, but no new taxes
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday warned he will unveil a “hard and difficult” spending plan during his Wednesday budget address, saying cuts will have to be made because of state leaders’ inability to reduce the costs of government worker...
  • Quinn blames lawmakers for inaction on pension reform

    Quinn blames lawmakers for inaction on pension reform
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chastised lawmakers for failing to pass cost-cutting changes to the government worker retirement system, then dangled the possibility that he'd drop his long-running opposition to a major gambling expansion to get a...
  • Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax

    Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax
    SPRINGFIELD — A top House Democrat on Wednesday suggested a new plan to fix the state’s massively indebted retirement system: make the temporary income tax hike permanent, have state workers and teachers chip in more toward their pension and...
  • Quinn wants minimum wage hike, assault weapons ban

    Quinn wants minimum wage hike, assault weapons ban
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today called on lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, ban assault weapons, allow online voter registration in an annual State of the State speech that sounded a lot like the launch of his 2014 re-election campaign. Returning to...
  • Quinn minimum wage hike could be tough sell

    Quinn minimum wage hike could be tough sell
    It won’t be easy for Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn to find enough lawmakers to vote for the minimum wage increase, what with business groups pronouncing it a “job killer.” But the best news for Quinn is that key Democratic lawmakers...
  • 1st free-standing birth center in Illinois may open

    1st free-standing birth center in Illinois may open
    It took more than two decades of labor, but Illinois is finally poised to permit its first free-standing birth center, an alternative model of care for low-risk pregnant women who want to deliver in a homey environment with a reduced chance of medical...
  • Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation

    Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s...
  • Quinn to sign illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill Sunday

    Quinn to sign illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill Sunday
    Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign a measure into law Sunday that will grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. The move comes as little surprise given the Democratic governor’s outspoken support of the measure, which was passed by...
  • No vote on Illinois House pension plan today

    No vote on Illinois House pension plan today
    The Illinois House adjourned for the day without voting on a major government worker pension overhaul, casting grave doubt on the reform plan's fate. The bill passed out of a committee earlier today, but proponents are still trying to round up enough...
  • Quinn loses Hail Mary on pension reform

    Quinn loses Hail Mary on pension reform
    SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House adjourned this afternoon without even voting on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's desperation pension reform plan. Quinn threw his support behind a bill that would set up a commission to decide how to fix Illinois'...
  • New General Assembly sworn in as full plate looms

    New General Assembly sworn in as full plate looms
    SPRINGFIELD --- A new Illinois General Assembly was sworn in today, and after the ceremony and celebrations are over, lawmakers will face a full plate of unresolved issues in the month ahead. Democrats now have veto-proof majorities in both the House and...
  • Illinois credit rating takes hit after no action on pensions

    Illinois credit rating takes hit after no action on pensions
    SPRINGFIELD — One of the nation's leading credit-rating firms put Illinois on a negative watch list today because Gov. Pat Quinn and state lawmakers failed to address the overwhelming public pension debt in the just-completed lame-duck session....