State of the State http://wuis.org en Businesses: LLC Fee Drop A Drop In The Bucket http://wuis.org/post/businesses-llc-fee-drop-drop-bucket <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There are more than 200,000 limited liability corporations operating in Illinois. The governor has a proposal he says will add more. But&nbsp;business groups are skeptical it will help.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To file as an LLC in Illinois, you have to pay the state at least $500.</span></p><p>During his state of the state address, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed lowering the fee to $39.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:05:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18193 at http://wuis.org Businesses: LLC Fee Drop A Drop In The Bucket Listen To State Week - January 31, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-31-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:12:12 +0000 Bob Meyer 18073 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 31, 2014 Tradition of State of the State http://wuis.org/post/tradition-state-state <p>Something notable was missing from Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address this week: talk about Illinois’ finances.&nbsp; Presumably that’ll come when he gives his budget address next month.&nbsp; This got me wondering: why not have just one speech?</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:15:07 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18034 at http://wuis.org Tradition of State of the State Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost http://wuis.org/post/quinn-proposes-modest-agenda-republicans-warn-cost <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.</p><p>Quinn laid out a list of proposals that seem finely honed to appeal to Democratic voters: increasing the minimum wage, doubling a tax credit for the working poor, and requiring at least two days of sick time for all employees.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17929 at http://wuis.org Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost State Of The State: Many Promises, No Funding Plan http://wuis.org/post/state-state-many-promises-no-funding-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address. But critics are already calling it fantasy.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback."</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:00:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 17925 at http://wuis.org State Of The State: Many Promises, No Funding Plan Listen To Gov. Pat Quinn's State Of The State Address http://wuis.org/post/listen-gov-pat-quinns-state-state-address <p></p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:48:12 +0000 Sean Crawford 17903 at http://wuis.org Listen To Gov. Pat Quinn's State Of The State Address Quinn Lays Out Ed. Initiatives But Doubts Arise http://wuis.org/post/quinn-lays-out-ed-initiatives-doubts-arise <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Governor Quinn spent much of his State of the State address on Wednesday addressing education. He says investing in education is a sure way to grow jobs as well as the economy. It's a sentiment that's hard to argue with. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:34:04 +0000 Rachel Otwell 17901 at http://wuis.org Quinn Lays Out Ed. Initiatives But Doubts Arise Gov. Quinn Calls For Minimum Wage Increase http://wuis.org/post/gov-quinn-calls-minimum-wage-increase <p></p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn says raising Illinois' minimum wage is about dignity and decency.&nbsp;</p><p>Quinn reiterated his push Wednesday during his State of the State address. He says he wants to raise the state's $8.25 rate to at least $10 an hour.&nbsp;</p><p>"Our minimum wage workers are doing hard work.&nbsp; They are putting in long hours.&nbsp; Yet in too many instances, they are living in poverty.&nbsp; That's not right.&nbsp; That's not an Illinois value.&nbsp; that's not a fair shake."</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:51:49 +0000 Associated Press & WUIS 17895 at http://wuis.org Gov. Quinn Calls For Minimum Wage Increase Illinois 'State Of The State' Address At Noon Today http://wuis.org/post/illinois-state-state-address-noon-today <p>Governor Pat Quinn gives his sixth State of the State address at noon today in Springfield. It comes in an election year that has Quinn seeking a second full term as governor.</p><p>Quinn has spent a lot of time talking about the state's pension problems in recent years. Now, with a bid for re-election on the line, he's turning to more populist issues, like an increase in the minimum wage.</p><p>Here's Quinn last month: "When we put more purchasing power in the hands of hard-working people, they're not going to admire the money in the bank vault."</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17852 at http://wuis.org Illinois 'State Of The State' Address At Noon Today Durkin Says Job Creation Should Be Legislature's Focus http://wuis.org/post/durkin-says-job-creation-should-be-legislatures-focus <p>The Illinois House Republican leader says his top priority is legislation meant to reduce unemployment. Jim Durkin’s comments come ahead of Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address Wednesday.</p><p>Illinois’ unemployment rate last month was 8.6 %. That’s down almost a full point from a year ago.&nbsp; But House minority leader Jim Durkin - from Chicago’s southwest suburbs - says it’s still too high.</p><p>"It’s clearly understandable why we have governors from our surrounding states coming into Illinois seeking to poach our good employers, our good job creators," Durkin said.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:55:25 +0000 Sean Crawford 17846 at http://wuis.org Durkin Says Job Creation Should Be Legislature's Focus