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  • Quinn remains optimistic on pension reform

    Quinn remains optimistic on pension reform
    Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he remains confident lawmakers can reach a deal to reform the state’s government employee pension system by his Jan. 9 deadline, despite the fact House and Senate leaders can’t even agree on which days to come...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Illinois Senate approves Medicaid expansion bill

    Illinois Senate approves Medicaid expansion bill
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today approved an expansion of health care for 342,000 low-income residents under legislation that embraces President Barack Obama’s signature program to give medical coverage to more Americans. The party-...
  • Quinn vetoes gambling expansion as expected

    Quinn vetoes gambling expansion as expected
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a major gambling expansion today in a move that's been long expected, but a new version will be surfacing soon. The new legislation once again would allow a casino in Chicago and four other sites around the...
  • 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...