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Gov. Pat Quinn Names Andrew Ross Illinois Chief Operation Officer

(Chicago, IL) – February 28, 2011. Today Governor Pat Quinn today named Andrew Ross as the Illinois’ chief operating officer. Continue reading »

Doug Scott Tapped to Lead Illinois Commerce Commission, Manny Flores Gets Banking Post

(Chicago, IL) –February 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today shuffled his cabinet and named Doug Scott as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission and Manuel “Manny” Flores as director of the Division of Banking of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Scott has served as director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency since … Continue reading »

State Rep. Daniel Biss Pushes Term Limits Plan that Would Strip Michael Madigan of His Speaker’s Post

(Chicago, IL) – February 25, 2011. Freshman State Representative Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) on Wednesday introduced a Constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on the Illinois General Assembly’s legislative leaders, a measure that force fellow Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) out of his post. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Takes Aim at Illinois Organized Retail Crime

(Chicago, IL) – February 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed legislation to combat organized retail crime in Illinois, enabling prosecutors to seek forfeiture of assets of those convicted of retail theft. Continue reading »

Easing Budget Crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn to Reduce Illinois Human Service Mid-Year Budget Cuts

(Chicago, IL) — February 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn has personally intervened to reduce the $208 million  mid-year budgets cuts slated for the Illinois Department of Department Humans Services, cuts which had threaten to eliminate 80% of the Illinois substance abuse and treatment services and wipe out other human service programs by March 15, according … Continue reading »

Dem, GOP Lawmakers Act to Halt Gov. Pat Quinn’s Mid-Year Drug, Alcohol Treatment Budget Cuts

(Springfield, IL) — February 23, 2011. Illinois lawmakers today unveiled a bi-partisan Illinois House resolution calling on Governor Pat Quinn to halt the elimination of all state funding for non-Medicaid drug and alcohol treatment services effective March 15, claiming the mid-year budget cuts will trigger the discharge of 55,000 treatment clients and the lay off of more than 5,000 workers. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Slashes Illinois Human Services Funding, Prompts Opposition from Illinois Lawmakers

(Springfield, IL) — February 21, 2011. The Friday bad news dump of deep mid-year budget cuts to multiple state human service programs by Governor Pat Quinn prompted advocates to alert numerous lawmakers who are now hopping mad and pushing back swiftly against the Governor’s cuts. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Slashes Illinois Human Services Budgets

(Springfield, IL) – February 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today presented his fiscal year 2012 Illinois budget to the Illinois General Assembly and—despite reams of rhetoric of spilt and spouted on his commitment to the most vulnerable of Illinois residents—he sliced hundreds of millions of dollars from Illinois human services budgets, leaving multitudes, including: infants, … Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Appoints Interim State Police Director Ensnarled in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

(Chicago, IL) – February 1, 2011. In a shuffle of the state’s security services, Governor Pat Quinn yesterday named Patrick Keen as the interim director of the Illinois State Police after shuttling the current acting director, Jonathon Monken, to the director’s post at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Continue reading »

Illinois Human Services Face Budget Cuts Next Year, Says Top Illinois House Democrat

(Chicago, IL) — February 14, 2011. Despite recent soft pedaling by Governor Pat Quinn on potential Illinois budget cuts in next year’s budget, the Illinois House budget negotiator says Illinois human services face budget cuts. Continue reading »

Speaker Michael Madigan Backs Plan to Oust Quinn Appointees Without Illinois Senate Confirmation

(Springfield, IL) — February 14, 2011. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) has gotten behind Senate President John Cullerton’s legislative effort to oust appointees of ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich or Governor Pat Quinn whose terms have expired or whose appointment has not received the consent of the senate. Continue reading »

Illinois Senate Panel OKs Alcoholic Energy Drink Ban

(Springfield, IL) — February 10, 2011. An Illinois state senate panel yesterday approved a measure that would ban the manufacture and sale of alcohol energy drinks in Illinois. The Senate Executive Committee approved the legislation, sponsored by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), Senate Bill 50, 11-0. Illinois is the latest state to propose a ban … Continue reading »

A State Grant from Gov. Pat Quinn Prompts Illinois Manufacturer to Expand, Add Jobs

(Chicago, IL) — February 9, 2011. Continuing to swat fears that the new Illinois income tax increase will drive away businesses, Governor Pat Quinn today announced a more than $1 million state investment package to allow an Illinois manufacturer, The Chamberlain Group, Inc., to expand its operations and create potentially 100 new jobs over the next four years. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Shifts Gears on Illinois Human Services Budget Cuts–For Now

(Chicago, IL) – February 8, 2011. After several weeks of clear signals floating out of Governor Pat Quinn’s administration that substantial mid-year budget cuts were on deck for Illinois human service providers, the governor’s office has backtracked—for now. First, the advocacy group Illinois Partners, which has been publicly sounding the budget alarm for the last … Continue reading »

Miguel del Valle Calls on Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Reopen Chicago Parking Meters Investigation

(Chicago, IL) – February 8, 2011. Chicago mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle today claimed that a loophole exists in Chicago’s ethics ordinance to reopen Chicago’s 75-year parking meter contract with the Morgan Stanley investment fund, Chicago Parking Meters, LLC and he called on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to reopen her office’s investigation of the deal. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Unveils Latest Round of Executive Appointments

(Chicago, IL) — February 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named two senior members to his administration and re-appointed five members of his executive cabinet, completing a second-round of appointments. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Wants “Grassroots” Campaign to Pressure Lawmakers on Bonding Bill

(Chicago, IL) — February 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn‘s Administration is seeking to launch a “grassroots” campaign to build legislative support for a $8.7 billion bonding bill that would pay the Illinois’ overdue bills. Quinn’s staff started today reaching out to lobbyists and key state vendors asking them to sign a letter to lawmakers advocating … Continue reading »

Looming Illinois Human Service Budget Cuts Are Planned Reductions, Quinn Spokesperson Says

(Chicago, IL) – February 2, 2011. Hundreds of millions of dollars of looming cuts to Illinois human service provider budgets by Governor Pat Quinn are not “additional cuts” but rather planned reductions that the state is “continuing to work to implement”, according to a Quinn budget spokesperson. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Re-Appoints Six to His Cabinet; Fate of Other Appointees Uncertain

(Chicago, IL) – January 31, 2011. Amidst a blizzard of news on the impending snowzilla looking to stomp on Chicago, Governor Pat Quinn on Monday quietly announced six appointments to his cabinet, leaving the fate of other cabinet members uncertain. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Orders Illinois National Guard Troop to Confront “Snowasauras Rex”

(Chicago, IL) — February 1, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today ordered more than 500 Illinois National Guard troops to confront the “Snowasauras Rex” winter storm belching snow across the state, by helping stranded motorists on interstate highways. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn May Be Burying Illinois Human Service Budget Cuts in Snow News

(Chicago, IL) – February 1, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn may be aiming to take advantage of “Snowmageddon” that is battering Chicago and the Midwest to announce at the end of the week a new round of mid-year budget cuts on Illinois human social service providers, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Continue reading »

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