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Governor Pat Quinn and AG Lisa Madigan Urge Legislators to Reject ComEd Rate Increase

(Springfield, IL) — May 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan today released a joint statement criticizing Senate Bill 1652. Additionally, Quinn threatened to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk. Put a fork in it. Statement “In the closing days of the legislative session, Commonwealth Edison and Ameren continue to … Continue reading »

Illinois Senate Approves Illinois Workers Compensation Reform, Drawing Rahm Emanuel’s Praise

(Springfield, IL) – May 28, 2011. The Illinois Senate yesterday approved a comprehensive reform of the Illinois workers compensation system to eliminate abuse and save Illinois businesses $500 million annually. “This reform package is the single most important thing we can do to improve our business climate and ensure our economic recovery continues,” said Senate … Continue reading »

Illinois Democrats, GOP Roll Out New Legislative Maps

(Springfield, IL) — May 26, 2011. With the clock ticking-and-tocking toward the legislature’s adjournment on May 31, Illinois Democratic and Republican lawmakers put new Illinois legislative maps into play today. After a week of public review, comment and recommendations, Illinois Senate Redistricting Chairman Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) today released adjustments to the legislative redistricting proposal unveiled … Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Asks Obama Administration to Declare 14 Flooded Southern Illinois Counties Disaster Areas

(Springfield, IL) — May 24 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare 14 Southern Illinois counties major disaster areas from historic flooding. “Federal assistance is needed to help them recover from this disaster,” said Quinn. “I ask President Obama to quickly approve this request to help people begin the recovery process.” … Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Names Kym Hubbard, Miguel Del Valle to Illinois Student Assistance Commission

(Chicago, IL) — May 19, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named Kym Hubbard and Miguel Del Valle to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. “Kym Hubbard and Miguel Del Valle both bring a fresh approach and a lifetime of public and private sector experience to this important board,” said Quinn. “… I am confident that these … Continue reading »

Senator Kwame Raoul Releases Illinois Senate Redistricting Plan

(Springfield, IL) –May 19, 2011. State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) today released the Illinois Senate redistricting proposal for public review. “Today’s release is part of the aggressive effort we’ve taken to engage the public in the redistricting process,” said Raoul, Senate Redistricting Chairman. “Because of the advances and availability of web‐based technology, anyone with an … Continue reading »

Illinois’ Newest State Representative: Kelly Cassidy

(Springfield, IL) – May 16, 2011. Chicago Democrat Kelly Cassidy was sworn-in today as Illinois’ newest state representative, replacing State Rep. Harry Osterman who assumed his seat as Chicago’s 48th Ward Alderman. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Boosts Illinois State Police with New $38 Million Forensics Facility

(Springfield, IL) — April 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $37.8 million in capital funding to construct a new Illinois State Police forensic laboratory in Belleville, a facility which should help the state’s forensics operation which has struggled with delays in evidence analysis. Continue reading »

Video: Illinois Medical Marijuana Prospects Brighten Due to GOP Cooperation, Lou Lang Says

(Skokie, IL) — April 21, 2011. Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) today said that strengthened provisions in his proposed medical marijuana legislation and enhanced cooperation from Republican House leadership has created “excellent” chances for the bill’s passage in the next few weeks. Continue reading »

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz Slams State Budget Decision to Restrict HIV/AIDS Drugs Access

(Chicago, IL) — April 18, 2011. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced its plans last week to restrict access to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program to new applicants with incomes at or below 300% of the federal poverty level versus the current 500% limit, drawing opposition from top HIV/AIDS activists and an angry reaction from a top Illinois House Democrat. Continue reading »

Despite Sheriff Tom Dart’s Opposition, Senator Emil Jones Wins Post-Burr Oak Cemetery Reforms

(Springfield, IL) – April 15, 2011. Despite a rhetorical assault by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, the Illinois Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved, 54-2, legislation to rein in the legislative overreach of Illinois cemetery reforms that were rushed through the legislature in the wake of the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal in 2009, reforms whose regulatory requirements … Continue reading »

Illinois Senate Panel Defeats Bill Permitting Religious-Based Adoption Agencies to Deny Civil Union Couples Service

(Springfield, IL) — April 13, 2011. The Illinois Senate Executive Committee today defeated, 6-7, State Senator David Koehler’s legislation, House Bill 1123, to permit religious-based child welfare agencies to refuse to offer adoption and foster care services to gay and lesbian couples joined in civil unions. Continue reading »

Who is Leading a New “Attack” on Gay and Lesbian Equality in the Illinois Senate?

(Chicago, IL) – April 12, 2011. The CEO of Illinois’ leading gay rights advocacy yesterday unleashed an urgent e-mail to its supporters claiming that gay and lesbian equality was “under attack in Illinois!” – but declined to identify the attacker. Continue reading »

Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission Gets 9 Quinn Appointments

(Chicago, IL) — April 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today appointed nine individuals to serve on the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Continue reading »

Illinois Unpaid Bills Total $4.5 Billion-$19 Million More than Last March

(Springfield, IL) — April 12, 2011. Illinois has emerged from the worst of a violent financial storm, but the sun isn’t shining yet. Continue reading »

Senator Matt Murphy Favors Illinois Budget Deal Pushed into Summer Overtime

(Springfield, IL) — April 11, 2011. Though Illinois Senate Republicans are taking steps to work with Senate Democrats on the fiscal year 2012 Illinois budget, the GOP’s budget point person would however like to see the Illinois General Assembly fail to reach an agreement on time with Governor Pat Quinn, forcing the legislature into a summer overtime session. 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 »

Illinois’ Obsolete Financial Reporting Systems Waste Money, Jeopardize Bond Rating, Senate Hearing Warns

(Springfield, IL) – March 9, 2011. An Illinois State Senate panel held a special hearing on Wednesday to tackle the new report by the state’s auditor general claiming Illinois’ more than 260 separate financial reporting systems are a disorganized, obsolete mess. Continue reading »

Illinois Workers Compensation Liabilities Off by $63 Million, Illinois Auditor General Says

(Springfield, IL) – April 9, 2011. Illinois’ battered and much maligned workers compensation took another hit in a new audit by the state auditor general, revealing workers comp liabilities last year were off by $63 million due to “significant errors” in calculation goofs and liability underestimates. Continue reading »

Madigan Taps Harris for Key Oversight Committee

(Springfield, IL) — March 31, 2011. State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) has been tapped to serve on a key Illinois House of Representatives oversight panel. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) appointed Harris to the bi-partisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules known in Springfield as “JCAR”. “It’s a great honor to serve on this committee to … Continue reading »

Treasurer Dan Rutherford Hires Illinois Republican Party Executive Director for State Job

(Springfield, IL) — March 18, 2011. Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford today announced that has hired the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party, Curt Conrad, to serve as his director of technical support services. Continue reading »

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations to Cost Illinois $800,000 on Drunk Driving Prevention

(Springfield, IL) – March 12, 2011. Illinois will spend this year an estimated $800,000 in federal highway safety dollars to fund the extra Illinois State Police patrols to target St. Patrick’s Day drunk driver follies. Continue reading »

State Rep. Susana Mendoza Wins House Panel OK for Bill Targeting Illinois Sex Offender DNA

(Springfield, IL) – March 11, 2011. An Illinois House panel yesterday approved legislation that would further harness the power of DNA to target criminal sex offenders and other criminals by expanding required specimen submissions to the Illinois state police. Continue reading »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Permanent School Supplies Tax Holiday Bill Pushed

(Springfield, IL) — January 25, 2011. Despite Illinois’ lingering financial crisis that includes $6 billion in unpaid bills to state vendors, a state lawmaker yesterday introduced legislation to create a permanent school supplies tax holiday in Illinois. Continue reading »

Taking Aim at Ex-State Rep. Careen Gordon, New State Rep. Pam Roth Pushes Bill to Curb Ex-Lawmaker State Jobs

(Springfield, IL) — January 24, 2011. Taking aim at ex-State Rep. Careen Gordon (D-Morris), newly-minted State Rep. Pam Roth (R-Morris) today introduced legislation that prohibit lawmakers from accepting a paid job within the executive branch for two years after the end of their terms. Continue reading »

State Rep. Fred Crespo Bill Would End Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin’s Lobbying Job

(Springfield, IL) — January 20, 2011. State Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) has introduced legislation that aims to kick elected officials out of lucrative government lobbying jobs, jeopardizing the job of a prominent Cook County official. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn’s Video Impresario, Simon Edelman, Lands Job at National Public Affairs Firm

(Chicago, IL) — January 05, 2011. Resolute Consulting, a national public affairs and strategic communications firm with offices in Chicago has hired Governor Pat Quinn’s video-guru, Emmy award-winning producer Simon Edelman. 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 »

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 »

Illinois Election Results 2010: Progressive, Conservative, and Tea Party Voters Help Hand Governor Pat Quinn Victory on Election Day

(Chicago, IL) — November 3, 2010. First, let us be clear: Pat Quinn won. Second, progressive, conservative, and tea party voters helped him do it. Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: Bucking National Trend, Self-Identified Illinois Tea Party Members Surge, Poll Data Says

(Chicago, IL) – October 27, 2010. Despite slumping support nationally since last spring, the Tea Party movement in Illinois has gained strength, an analysis of polling data has revealed. Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: Bill Brady Distances Himself from Tea Party as Key-Voting Groups Abandon Protest Movement, New Poll Says

(Chicago, IL) — October 27, 2010. Illinois GOP governor candidate Bill Brady is bringing conservative GOP southern governors to a campaign Tea Party rally in Will County while downplaying the event’s “Tea Party” sponsorship, a distancing which comes on the heels of new polling data that reveals that self-identified Tea Party membership is slumping nationally, particularly among key voting groups. Continue reading »

Sen. Dan Kotowski Pushes Bill to Require More Financial Disclosure by Illinois Politicians

(Chicago, IL) — October 25, 2010. Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) today joined government accountability advocates to announce legislation to require more disclosure of economic and personal financial interests by Illinois candidates and elected public officials. Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: Outpacing Bill Brady, Gov. Pat Quinn Reports $1.2 Million in Campaign Cash within 48 Hours

(Chicago, IL) — October 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn reported late tonight that his campaign hauled in a whopping $1.2 million in campaign cash within the last 48 hours, according to state election records. Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: House GOP Leader Tom Cross Expands Playing Field, Moves against State Rep. Lisa Dugan

(Chicago, IL) — October 22, 2010. In the battle for the control of the Illinois House, GOP Minority Leader Tom Cross has expanded the battle field by making a late move to knock incumbent State Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Bradley), dumping tens of thousands of dollars into polling, direct mail, and a media buy for her GOP rival, Nick Been, according to state election records. Continue reading »

Illinois Elections 2010: Senator A.J. Wilhelmi Leads Tea Party Candidate Cedra Crenshaw by 15 points, New Poll Says

(Chicago, IL) — October 20, 2010. State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet) is leading GOP rival and Tea Party favorite Cedra Crenshaw (R-Bolingrook) by 15 points, a new poll says. 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 »

Illinois Governor Debate 2010: WBEZ Chicago Public Radio Debate Excludes Green Party Nominee Rich Whitney, Too Bad

(Chicago, IL) — October 17, 2010. Unlike its public broadcasting counter part in Southern Illinois on Thursday night, the WBEZ Chicago Public Radio Illinois governor debate will exclude Green Party gubernatorial nominee Rich Whitney at Elmhurst College tonight. Continue reading »

Gov. Pat Quinn Grants $2.1 Million to South Suburban College for New Energy Efficient Windows, Emergency Generator

(Chicago, IL) — October 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday announced $2.1 million for infrastructure and energy-efficiency projects at South Suburban College in Holland. Continue reading »

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