Pat Quinn http://wuis.org en Listen to State Week - July 25, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-25-2014 <p></p><p>This week's topics include the Illinois Inspector General's investigation into possible political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.&nbsp; Also, an overview of the state's rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:53:38 +0000 Bob Meyer 30032 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 25, 2014 Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation http://wuis.org/post/inspector-general-discloses-political-hiring-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As Gov. Pat Quinn battles a lawsuit accusing his administration of political hiring, the state watchdog charged with investigating ethics violations is asking to get involved.</p><p></p><p>Confidentiality restrictions prevent the Inspector General from saying what he is or isn't looking into.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:56:17 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29989 at http://wuis.org Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation Illinois' Credit Prognosis: Negative http://wuis.org/post/illinois-credit-prognosis-negative <p>Wall Street's view of Illinois' financial health has taken a hit, thanks largely to the state budget that took effect at the start of this month. Pensions also continue to be a drag.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Illinois Democrats passed the state's latest budget, many seemed to hold their nose. Credit ratings agencies are more direct: Standard &amp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Poors</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has revised Illinois' credit outlook to "negative."&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:29:40 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29898 at http://wuis.org Illinois' Credit Prognosis: Negative With GED, Illinois Bundles Job Training http://wuis.org/post/ged-illinois-bundles-job-training <p>Illinois is trying to expand educational opportunities for adults who didn't finish high school. That means moving beyond the GED.</p><p>The <a href="http://blogs.census.gov/2012/02/27/ged-recipients-have-lower-earnings-are-less-likely-to-enter-college/">Census Bureau says</a> average monthly earnings of a high school grad are nearly 10 percent higher than those of someone with a GED. And while a third of high school grads eventually earn a bachelor's degree, the GED number is 1 in 20.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:22:37 +0000 Brian Mackey 29782 at http://wuis.org With GED, Illinois Bundles Job Training Listen to State Week - July 18, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-18-2014 <p></p><p>This week, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner proposed more ways to fix the state's budget woes.&nbsp; Also, a state legislative commission has pushed back the investigation into Governor pat Quinn's controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative until October.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:53:15 +0000 Bob Meyer 29570 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 18, 2014 Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits http://wuis.org/post/supreme-court-wont-take-term-limits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Supreme Court's decision could be the end of Republican Bruce </span>Rauner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> term limits initiative.</span></p><p>Limiting how long legislators can be in Illinois' General Assembly has been a staple of his campaign for governor.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:22:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29509 at http://wuis.org Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits Rauner Proposes Tax Changes http://wuis.org/post/rauner-proposes-tax-changes <p>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has presented a plan he says will help grow Illinois' economy and create jobs.</p><p>The Winnetka businessman spoke today at a family-owned manufacturing company in Schaumburg.&nbsp;</p><p>Rauner wants to eliminate the income tax increase Democrats approved in 2011, phasing the rate back to 3 percent from 5 percent. He also says he would freeze property taxes and impose a sales tax on services such as charter flights, travel agencies and sewer service. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:48 +0000 Associated Press 29483 at http://wuis.org Rauner Proposes Tax Changes Election-Year Fight Over What's Next In Probe Of Quinn's NRI http://wuis.org/post/election-year-fight-over-whats-next-probe-quinns-nri <p>After a day-long meeting Wednesday, a legislative commission will meet again Thursday morning in Chicago. They're set to begin with a call to the U.S. Attorney's office. Democrats and Republicans are at a standstill over what to do next in their probe of Gov. Pat Quinn's controversial anti-violence program.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:02:16 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29433 at http://wuis.org Election-Year Fight Over What's Next In Probe Of Quinn's NRI Republicans Call "Contempt" As Witnesses Fail To Show At NRI Hearing http://wuis.org/post/republicans-call-contempt-witnesses-fail-show-nri-hearing <p>A legislative hearing convened to probe a troubled anti-violence program run by Gov. Quinn is underway in Chicago. Federal prosecutors have asked lawmakers to hold off taking testimony, because it may obstruct their investigation.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:31:26 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29403 at http://wuis.org Republicans Call "Contempt" As Witnesses Fail To Show At NRI Hearing How The NRI Hearing Could Play Out For Quinn's Campaign http://wuis.org/post/how-nri-hearing-could-play-out-quinns-campaign <div>Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight today (7/16) when a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago. &nbsp;</div><div></div><div><p>It's not yet clear how lawmakers will proceed, given that the federal government wants them to put a hold on their investigation until mid-October, just before the November election, when Quinn will face Republican Bruce Rauner.</p><p><br />Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown says that's what Quinn's campaign wants.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:36:39 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29390 at http://wuis.org How The NRI Hearing Could Play Out For Quinn's Campaign Quinn Signs Law Designed To Add Accountability To Grants http://wuis.org/post/quinn-signs-law-designed-add-accountability-grants <p></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation overhauling the state's grant oversight and accountability process. &nbsp;</p><p>Quinn's office said Wednesday that he has signed the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. The governor says it will give Illinois a comprehensive set of uniform rules for grant applications and make those who receive grants more accountable to taxpayers.</p><p>The signing comes on the same day as legislative hearings are to begin on a controversial Quinn program.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:16:50 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29383 at http://wuis.org Quinn Signs Law Designed To Add Accountability To Grants Bill Backlog Improvement Could Be Temporary http://wuis.org/post/bill-backlog-improvement-could-be-temporary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The amount of money Illinois owes to companies and organizations that have provided goods and services for the state is at its lowest level since 2010, but that improvement could be short-lived.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At one point, Illinois had a stack of overdue bills totaling about $10 billion.</span></p><p>It took so long for the state to pay back its vendors that some were forced to close their doors - they couldn't pay their bills.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:12:48 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29285 at http://wuis.org Bill Backlog Improvement Could Be Temporary Governor Campaigns Rip Each Other's Records http://wuis.org/post/governor-campaigns-rip-each-others-records <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:11:38 +0000 Associated Press 29281 at http://wuis.org Governor Campaigns Rip Each Other's Records Republican Bruce Rauner Defends His Personal Tax Bill http://wuis.org/post/republican-bruce-rauner-defends-his-personal-tax-bill <p>Bruce Rauner -- the Republican nominee for Illinois governor -- says he followed the letter of the law when filing his taxes.&nbsp; But he won't say whether it was fair.</p><p>Rauner, a businessman, has said his wealth puts him in the top .01%.<br />Even so, a Chicago Tribune analysis showed that in several recent years, he paid no Social Security or Medicare taxes.<br />Rauner has released limited parts of his tax returns.</p><p>It's believed he took advantage of I-R-S rules to legally cut his tax burden.<br />Rauner defended that ...</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29122 at http://wuis.org Republican Bruce Rauner Defends His Personal Tax Bill Listen to State Week - July 11, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-11-2014 <p></p><p>More details are emerging on the Illinois Inspector General's probe into political hiring at Metra.&nbsp; Also, a call for further investigation into Governor Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:27:02 +0000 Bob Meyer 29088 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 11, 2014 State Pays Schools On Time http://wuis.org/post/state-pays-schools-time <p>Illinois has broken its streak of late grant payments to schools for the first time since 2007.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;State Superintendent Christopher Koch praised the news in a letter to school officials dated July 1.&nbsp; But Koch warned them not to bank on the same thing<br />happening next year.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's office says timely payments for specialized grants and programs in 2014 are due to an influx of $1.3 billion in revenues the<br />state hadn't originally budgeted for. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:45:33 +0000 Associated Press 28918 at http://wuis.org State Pays Schools On Time Roof Repairs Underway At Executive Mansion http://wuis.org/post/roof-repairs-underway-executive-mansion <p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:23:22 +0000 Associated Press 28818 at http://wuis.org Roof Repairs Underway At Executive Mansion Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race http://wuis.org/post/voters-bad-mood-shaping-govs-race <p>The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt and decades-long battles against corruption. &nbsp;</p><p>The bad mood surfaces in public-opinion polls that startle even the pollsters. And now it's shaping one of the nation's most competitive governor's races. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:08:53 +0000 Associated Press 28772 at http://wuis.org Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race Democrats Hold Fundraising Edge http://wuis.org/post/democrats-hold-fundraising-edge <p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:44:56 +0000 Associated Press 28770 at http://wuis.org Democrats Hold Fundraising Edge AP: Quinn Halts Political Hiring http://wuis.org/post/ap-quinn-halts-political-hiring <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is requiring executive-level staff in every state agency to undergo training about proper hiring practices. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat's actions come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications. &nbsp;</p><p>The Associated Press obtained copies of memos sent Thursday by Quinn's attorney to IDOT leadership and the heads of all agencies, boards and commissions. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:01:03 +0000 Associated Press 28590 at http://wuis.org AP: Quinn Halts Political Hiring Quinn Gets Teacher Union Nod http://wuis.org/post/quinn-gets-teacher-union-nod <p></p><p>Unions were upset with Governor Pat Quinn for his role in Illinois' pension overhaul.&nbsp; But that didn't stop the state's largest teachers' union from endorsing him. &nbsp;</p><p>The Illinois Education Association hasn't even had a year to get over the legislative equivalent of a knife-in-the-back.</p><p>Though the IEA endorsed Quinn in the 2010 governor's race, he both advocated for, and signed, the law that reduces public school teachers' pensions.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:01:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28519 at http://wuis.org Quinn Gets Teacher Union Nod Deadline For Quinn To Take Budget Action http://wuis.org/post/deadline-quinn-take-budget-action <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It's the last day of the fiscal year for the State of Illinois, which means the pressure is on for Gov. Pat Quinn to sign a new budget into law.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's nothing on the governor's public schedule for today, but that doesn't mean he won't be busy making official the spending plan passed by his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:50:03 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28310 at http://wuis.org Deadline For Quinn To Take Budget Action Rauner's Discarded Term Limit Initiative Mirrors Quinn's 1994 Effort http://wuis.org/post/rauners-discarded-term-limit-initiative-mirrors-quinns-1994-effort <p>Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, disagree about plenty -- everything from gun rights and restrictions, to what Illinois' income tax should be. But with Friday's ruling by a Cook County judge knocking a term limits initiative off the ballot, the candidates have something in common.</p><p></p><p>Though there has been a lot of turnover in the General Assembly in recent years, some politicians have been serving in Springfield for decades.</p><p>Chief among them House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has been a state representative since 1971.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:27:04 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28209 at http://wuis.org Rauner's Discarded Term Limit Initiative Mirrors Quinn's 1994 Effort Listen To State Week - June 27, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-27-2014 <p></p><p>Topics this week include gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner's latest statements on how to balance the state budget and the latest questions about why his daughter was accepted as a student at an elite Chicago high school.&nbsp; Also, Governor Pat Quinn facing criticism after a disastrous audit of his Chicago anti-violence program.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Bob Meyer 28180 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 27, 2014 Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives http://wuis.org/post/judge-nixes-term-limit-remap-initiatives <p>A Cook County judge has ruled that signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says in a Friday ruling the measures don't meet constitutional requirements to make the ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />The ruling is a setback for groups advocating the measures, including one led by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.&nbsp; He's made term limits<br />a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:32:24 +0000 Associated Press 28171 at http://wuis.org Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives Rauner's Daughter School Admission Under Scrutiny http://wuis.org/post/rauners-daughter-school-admission-under-scrutiny <p>The issue of how Republican Bruce Rauner's daughter got into an elite Chicago public high school has resurfaced in the Illinois governor's race.</p><p><br />Rauner has maintained that he didn't use his money or influence to get a daughter into Walter Payton College Prep in 2008. Initially, she was rejected despite having top grades. Rauner has said his family appealed through a principals' discretionary process. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:16:30 +0000 Associated Press 28150 at http://wuis.org Rauner's Daughter School Admission Under Scrutiny Governor Signs Measure Letting Psychologists Prescribe http://wuis.org/post/governor-signs-measure-letting-psychologists-prescribe <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has signed off on a measure that allows psychologists in Illinois to prescribe medication to patients. &nbsp;</p><p>The governor signed the legislation Wednesday in Chicago. It was sponsored by Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park and Rep. John Bradley of Marion, both Democrats. &nbsp;<br />Psychologists have to receive specific training for prescription-writing privileges and be required to work with a coordinating physician. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:46:35 +0000 Associated Press 28051 at http://wuis.org Governor Signs Measure Letting Psychologists Prescribe GOP Lawmaker Wants Quinn To Testify http://wuis.org/post/gop-lawmaker-wants-quinn-testify <p>A Republican lawmaker wants Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before a legislative commission over a scandal-plagued anti-violence program. &nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine is a frequent critic of Quinn. He claimed Wednesday that Quinn is ``hiding'' as an audit commission probes the Chicago Democrat's approximately $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:46:05 +0000 Associated Press 28027 at http://wuis.org GOP Lawmaker Wants Quinn To Testify Two Insiders Dropped From Subpoena List http://wuis.org/post/two-insiders-dropped-subpoena-list <p>Subpoenas are going out to five former members of Gov. Pat Quinn's administration who were involved with his plagued anti-violence program, but two other insiders will not be served. As Quinn seeks reelection, he continues to be dogged by a program rolled out just before his last, close race for governor.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:57:14 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 27946 at http://wuis.org Two Insiders Dropped From Subpoena List Anti-Violence Program Director, Others Subpoenaed http://wuis.org/post/anti-violence-program-director-others-subpoenaed <p>Illinois legislators have voted to subpoena seven former state officials to answer questions about a troubled 2010 anti-violence program started by Gov. Pat Quinn. &nbsp;</p><p>A subcommittee of the Legislative Audit Commission voted Monday. They were initially considering just one person for subpoena, but Democrats on the committee said they'd decided to hear from everyone at once. The matter requires a signature from a co-chairman, state Rep. Frank Mautino, a Democrat who wasn't at the meeting. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Associated Press 27863 at http://wuis.org Anti-Violence Program Director, Others Subpoenaed