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Pushing Back on Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn Announces Rail Construction Project for Chicago’s South Side

(Chicago, IL) — August 23, 2011. As a part of the growing spat with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the fate of a tax revenue-rich casino for Chicago, Governor Pat Quinn today went out of his way to highlight his efforts to create jobs in Chicago by announcing the start of construction for a railroad … Continue reading »

Chicago Sues Kankakee and Others over Illinois Sales Tax Scam

(Chicago, IL) — August 23, 2011. Mayor Rahm Emanuel today had the City of Chicago file a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County seeking damages from the City of Kankakee, Village of Channahon and three brokers over a sales tax kickback scheme that is diverting sales tax revenue from Chicago. “Companies are gaming … Continue reading »

Our View: Illinois Behavioral Health Care Gets a Cynical Embrace from Gov. Pat Quinn

If Governor Pat Quinn ever wonders why the public, the press and the legislature find his approach to governing to be incoherent and frustrating, and at times cynical, he needs only to consider his recent whip-lash-inducing turn on behavioral health care policy. Last week Quinn held a bill-signing ceremony at the Alexian Brothers Center for … Continue reading »

20-Member Illinois Environmental Justice Council OK’d by Gov. Pat Quinn

(Chicago, IL) — August 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn likes to establish all sorts of commissions, task forces, councils, and boards to confront problems when more concrete solutions are in short supply. Quinn today delivered another such blue ribbon panel. The governor today signed legislation that creates Illinois’ first “environmental justice” panel that will assess … Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Gives Swift Kick in the Pants to Westboro Baptist Church

(Springfield, IL) — August 14, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday gave a swift kick in the behind to the Westboro Baptist Church and its unhinged pastor, Fred Phelps. Quinn signed legislation to protect the funerals of military personnel from the disruptive protests of hate groups, such as the 71-member, Kansas-based “church”. Phelps and his equally … Continue reading »

Alexi Giannoulias Returns to Illinois State Government

(Chicago, IL) – August 10, 2011. Alexi Giannoulias has once again a job state government. But no pay. Governor Pat Quinn today appoint the ex-Treasurer to serve as the unpaid chairman of the Illinois Community College Board. Continue reading »

To Boost Illinois Recycling Gov. Pat Quinn Approves iJunk Law

(Chicago, IL) — August 10, 2011. Move over bottles and cans, recycling in Illinois has gone high-tech. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that expands the types of electronic products, like iPods, that must be recycled and toughens penalties for those who ignore the mandate. Continue reading »

Will Lake Michigan Become an Illinois Wind Farm?

(Windy City) — August 8, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday announced the signing of legislation to breathe life into wind energy production efforts on Lake Michigan. “A thriving green energy sector will further strengthen Illinois’ economy, create jobs and boost our economic recovery,” said Quinn. The legislation, House Bill 1558, sponsored by State Rep. Robyn … Continue reading »

New Law Gives Illinois Sex Trafficking Victims Way Out of Prostitution Conviction

(Chicago, IL) – August 8, 2011. Illinois has a new law that aims to help victims of sex trafficking who have been charged with prostitution by opening a legal route to remove the convictions through a court. “Victims deserve a chance to clear their records and rebuild their lives,” said Governor Pat Quinn, who signed … Continue reading »

Ex-Aide to Gen. David H. Petraeus Appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to Head Illinois Veterans Agency

(Chicago, IL) — August 5, 2011. At a press conference today in Chicago, Governor Pat Quinn announced the appointment of a former senior staff member for Army General David H. Petraeus as chief of the Illinois veterans agency. Continue reading »

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