More than half the tax increase now awaiting Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's signature is supposed to be phased out after a few years. But the last time lawmakers passed an income tax hike that was "temporary," it didn't stay that way. Short-term pain is easier to absorb than long-term pain.
A bill abolishing Illinois' death penalty will soon be sent to Governor Pat Quinn. That's after the repeal passed the state Senate Tuesday afternoon in a 32-to-25 vote.Quinn has not said whether he will sign the bill into law.
An Illinois law that’s billed as a crackdown on wage theft takes effect Saturday. But, for now, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration won’t be delivering the tough enforcement he promised.The law hikes fines for a range of wage-and-hour violations.
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Updated At: 2:05pm on 12/01/2010 by City Room and Associated PressThe Illinois Senate has approved civil unions, putting Illinois on the verge of granting official recognition to gay and lesbian couples.The measure passed 32-24 Wednesday. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, a strong supporter.
Illinois legislators return to Springfield this week as the fall veto session continues. One key issue facing the state senate is a plan to borrow $4 billion for the pension system.Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says he's trying to get Republicans to support for the plan.