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Aon, Chrysler, Ford Logon to Gov. Pat Quinn’s New “Help-Wanted” System

(Chicago) – April 5, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn announced on Wednesday a new “help wanted” system that connects job seekers with job hunters. Continue reading »

Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.1% Providing a Boost to Gov. Pat Quinn

(Chicago, IL) – March 23, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn got some good news yesterday. Continue reading »

Does McCormick Place Agreement Mark the High-Point of the Quinn-Emanuel Chum-Fest?

(Chicago, IL) – October 21, 2011. Despite—or because of—their growing and testy rivalry, Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today appeared with together for a press conference—where they could keep an eye on each other–to announce agreements with two McCormick Place labor unions to re-patch earlier legislated labor reforms that a court had earlier overturned stemming from a union lawsuit. Continue reading »

Quinn, LaHood and Durbin Break Ground on Englewood Rail Crossing Project

(Chicago, IL) – October 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and other officials, broke ground today on the Englewood Flyover, a rail crossing project that will eliminate one of the region’s worst rail bottlenecks. Continue reading »

Governor Pat Quinn Seeks Out Superman

(Chicago, IL) – September 14, 2011. After thrashing energy giant ComEd on Monday, Governor Pat Quinn yesterday went looking for Superman. Quinn zoomed over to the Chicago production set of the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” to flex some gubernatorial muscle and to highlight the Illinois film industry’s record $161 million in spending in … Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn OKs State Investment Boost in Illinois Venture Capital Firms

(Chicago, IL) — July 25, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to boost state investment in high-technology, venture capital firms. Continue reading »

Big Blagojevich Donor Gets $10.3 Million State Investment Package to Keep 300 Jobs in Illinois

(Chicago, IL) — April 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $10.3 million business investment package to help a Chicago-based steel manufacturer, a large source of campaign cash to ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich, expand its operations and help keep more 300 jobs in Illinois. Continue reading »

New $11.5 Billion Road, Bridge Plan Will Create 155,000 Jobs, Gov. Pat Quinn Says

(Chicago, IL) — April 8, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday unveiled a new multi-year, multi-billion road and bridge construction plan that will create 155,000 jobs, according to the governor. Continue reading »

Congressional Dithering on Highway Bill Jeopardizes 129,014 Illinois Jobs, New Study Says

(Chicago, IL) — March 29, 2011. As partisan bickering continues on Capitol Hill, the failure to pass necessary federal legislation that provides multi-year federal aid to state highway and transit programs jeopardizes 129,014 jobs in Illinois, according to new research. Continue reading »

Illinois Businesses, Labor Seek Plan to Pay Illinois’ $2.8 Billion Unemployment Debt to U.S.

(Springfield, IL) — March 18, 2011. Business and labor groups are meeting to hammer out a plan to pay off the state’s $2.8 billion unemployment debt to the federal government, with both groups apparently sharing in the pain. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Vetoes Illinois Coal Gasification Plant Bills

(Springfield, IL) – March 14, 2011. With no fanfare, Governor Pat Quinn today quietly vetoed two controversial bills that aimed to give state backing to the construction of two coal gasification plants in Illinois, one in downstate Jefferson County and the other in Cook County’s Calumet City, that backers claimed would generate thousands of new jobs. Continue reading »

Illinois Unemployment Rate Drops for 12th Consecutive Month, New Jobs Added

(Chicago, IL) – March 4, 2011. The Illinois unemployment rate fell for the 12th consecutive month, dropping -0.2 to 9.0% in January, compared to 11.2% in January 2010, according to preliminary estimates released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. 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 »

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Kisses Good-Bye to Business Investment in Illinois

(Springfield, IL) – January 28, 2011. GOP Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker kissed good-bye to an investment by American Aluminum Extrusion Co, based in Beloit, Wisconsin, which will open a new $7.5 million manufacturing facility in Roscoe, Illinois. 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 »

“Put Illinois to Work” Program Wins $47 Million Holiday Extension from Gov. Pat Quinn

(Chicago, IL) — November 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the temporary extension of the “Put Illinois to Work” program through Jan. 15, 2011. Continue reading »

National Restaurant Association Convention Will Remain at McCormick Place, Gov. Pat Quinn Says

(Chicago, IL) — November 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Richard Daley today announced that the National Restaurant Association will continue to hold its annual convention in Chicago through 2016. Continue reading »

Chrysler Commits $600 Million to Belvidere Plant Expansion, Governor Pat Quinn Says

(Chicago, IL) — October 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Chrysler is planning to invest $600 million over the next three years to expand its Belvidere assembly plant to produce “future vehicles”. Continue reading »

Chicago-based Groupon Gets $3.5 Million Grant from Gov. Pat Quinn to Hire 250 New Employees

(Chicago, IL) — October 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3.5 million business investment package to create 250 new jobs at Chicago-based Groupon, Inc., the nation’s leading social shopping website, offering daily deals on local goods, services and cultural events. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Announces Temporary Extension of Put Illinois to Work Jobs Program

(Chicago, IL) September 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the extension of the Put Illinois to Work program for up to two months to serve as a bridge until Congress votes on an extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund. The federal program, which supports Put Illinois to Work, is … Continue reading »

Pat Quinn Announces “Put Illinois to Work” Program Creates 22,000 Jobs

(Chicago, IL) — July 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that in less than three months 22,162 people across the state have land jobs through the Put Illinois to Work employment program. “We have created more than 22,000 jobs that would not have been possible without Put Illinois to Work,” said Quinn. Through Put … Continue reading »

Illinois Economy: Illinois Job Loss Continues, Poses Stiff Challenge to Pat Quinn in Election Battle against Bill Brady

(Chicago, IL) — April 2, 2010. The Illinois job market continued its downward slide in February battering Illinois communities and posing a stiff challenge to Governor Pat Quinn‘s election campaign against State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). Unemployment rates rose above previous-year levels in all 12 metro areas for the 33rd consecutive month, according to data … Continue reading »

Speaker Michael Madigan Sets Jobs Task Force, 30 Lawmakers Join in 2 Days

(Chicago, IL) – December 21, 2009. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) last week created a new, bi-partisan jobs task force to address Illinois’ 10.9% November unemployment rate. Madigan appointed Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) as chair as the Bipartisan Jobs Creation Task Force. Lang said the task force will focus on targeted … Continue reading »

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