Pat Quinn

Thu, 02/23/2012
Following Republican criticism he didn’t announce budget cuts during his Feb. 1 State of the State address, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed chopping $420 million from agency budgets Wednesday through state facility closures and consolidations. Delivering his annual budget address to an attentive, quiet chamber of lawmakers that did not interrupt his...
Wed, 02/01/2012
Illinois is so broke that virtually nothing is sacred: Even historic sites connected to Abraham Lincoln could face significant cuts in the upcoming state budget. State preservation officials warn that expected deep cuts, coming after reductions of 15 percent and 16 percent in the past two years, will risk shuttering some locations and...
Mon, 01/30/2012
Illinois’ financial outlook could go from bad to catastrophic, according to a new analysis of state budget figures from a government watchdog group. The report from the non-partisan Civic Federation comes two days before Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to deliver his State of the State address, traditionally a chance to tout the health of the state....
Wed, 01/11/2012
Gov. Pat Quinn called for a “rendezvous with pension reality” and said the state must get its pension debt under control this year. At a news conference Tuesday, Quinn said pension reform would be one of his top priorities for the legislative session that starts January 31st. The state’s chronic inability to address its pension shortfall was a...
Wed, 11/30/2011
Cuts to emergency aid for Chicago’s homeless were reversed late Tuesday after the Illinois General Assembly approved a measure to restore funding for state grants for emergency and transitional housing. The budget reallocation measure prevents the proposed $4.7 million reduction of state financing, a 52 percent cut, for emergency and transitional...
Tue, 11/29/2011
Lawmakers demonstrated their irritation toward a handful of union leaders who took advantage of pension loopholes by passing a bill Tuesday that would end the practice. The bill, which Gov. Pat Quinn said he will sign, does not address Illinois’ more than $80 billion unfunded pension liability, which some economists consider the worst in the...
Mon, 10/17/2011
After months of indecision, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday came out against a statewide gambling expansion bill, sending lawmakers scrambling to rework the controversial legislation. The governor did not reject the legislation outright, instead offering what he called a “framework” for a smaller expansion of gambling that he finds acceptable. Quinn’s...
Tue, 08/23/2011
Starting next fall, Chicago Public School children will be in school 90 minutes longer each day and two additional weeks each year, district officials announced Tuesday amid a labor stalement with district teachers. On Monday, negotiations stalled between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS over teachers’ 4 percent contractual raises, which the...
Wed, 07/13/2011
On a sunny morning late last month, Noemi Donoso, Chicago Public Schools’ new chief education officer, organized a three-inch-thick binder stuffed with paperwork and district data at a table in her office. It was one of more than 20 such binders from CPS area offices Donoso has been studying since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her to oversee...
Tue, 07/12/2011
The state budget Gov. Pat Quinn signed June 30 is missing a key component for education advocates: money. Lawmakers stripped more than $500,000 from Quinn’s proposed budget that would have helped implement Senate Bill 7, a sweeping education reform bill lauded as a national model, partly because it eases the process of dumping poorly rated...