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Archive for December 2010

Gov. Pat Quinn Names Acting Capital Development Board Chief

(Springfield, IL) — December 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday named Gus Behnke as the acting executive director of the Illinois Capital Development Board. Behnke will replace Executive Director Jim Riemer, who is retiring effective December 31. Continue reading »

Battling Pollution Violations in Ohio, SunCoke Energy Gets $4.8 Million from Gov. Pat Quinn to Move HQ to Illinois

(Chicago, IL) — December 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that SunCoke Energy, which is under siege in Ohio for federal pollution violations and a new plant construction opposed by local residents, will receive $4.8 million from Illinois taxpayers to help the Fortune 500 company to relocate its corporate headquarters from Knoxville, Tenn. to Arboretum Lakes in Lisle. Continue reading »

Illinois Civil Unions Bill Officially Sent to Gov. Pat Quinn; Bill Signing Ceremony in January

(Springfield, IL) — December 17, 2010. The Illinois State Senate today officially sent the Illinois civil unions bill to the desk of Governor Pat Quinn for his signature. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Will Likely Make Mid-Year Illinois Budget Cuts

(Chicago, IL) — December 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn will likely be making mid-year cuts to the out-of-whack Illinois budget, according to multiple sources. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Aims to Pay Illinois Overdue Bills by Selling Vendor-Owed Debt to Investors Next Week

(Chicago, IL) — December 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn’s Administration is planning to move forward next week with an expanded program to sell a big chunk of the state’s $5.3 billion of vendor-owed debt to Wall Street banks and hedge funds, according to an Quinn Administration spokesperson. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Taps Jack Lavin as Chief of Staff; 3rd in 2 Years

(Chicago, IL) — December 13, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today named long-time aide Jack Lavin as his Chief of Staff, replacing current Chief of Staff Michelle Saddler, appointed to the job in August, who will resume her previous post as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services. Continue reading »

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz Wins House Approval to Create Local Mental Health Districts in Chicago

(Chicago, IL) – December 6, 2010. As state financial support for mental health services withers, the Illinois House last week overwhelmingly approved strikingly creative legislation that would permit a referendum to create local mental health services tax districts within the City of Chicago. Continue reading »

Rep. Lou Lang Sees Thorough Review, Changes for Illinois Senate Gaming Bill

(Springfield, IL) — December 2, 2010. Illinois State Senate-approved legislation to expand Illinois gaming faces a thorough review and likely changes in the Illinois House, according to House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie). Continue reading »

Illinois Senate Approves Illinois Gaming Expansion; Prospects Uncertain in Illinois House

(Springfield, IL) — December 2, 2010. Reworked legislation to construct five new Illinois casinos, to boost the number of slot machines at existing Illinois river boats, and to add slots at Illinois racetracks yesterday cleared the Illinois State Senate 31-20-2, but faces uncertain prospects in the Illinois House and potential opposition from Governor Pat Quinn. Continue reading »

Carol Moseley Braun Hires Springfield Lobbyist as Chicago Mayor Campaign Policy Director

(Chicago, IL) — December 2, 2010. Chicago mayor hopeful Carol Moseley Braun has tapped a Springfield lobbyist as her policy director for her comeback campaign. Continue reading »

Lt. Governor-Elect Sheila Simon Taps Top Staff

(Chicago, IL) – December 2, 2010. Lt. Governor-elect Sheila Simon has selected top aides to staff her office once she officially assumes the post in January. Continue reading »

Illinois Senate Panel Advances Reworked Illinois Gaming Expansion Bill

(Springfield, IL) — December 1, 2010. Reworked legislation to add five Illinois casinos, boost the number of slot machines at existing river boats, and field slots at Illinois racetracks yesterday advanced out of a key Illinois State Senate committee into an uncertain future before the full senate and into even murkier waters in the Illinois House–if it gets that far. Continue reading »

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