Kudos to you, WBEZ audience. For nine months, we've been trying to get an interview with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to talk about his policies and plans around the state’s billion-dollar-per-year prison system. Thursday he committed to doing an interview, though it may be a few months from now. So keep those questions coming.
At first sniff, a place like the Calumet River seems far from being a clean water zone. But on Monday Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a quarter billion dollars in funds for clean water and infrastructure in the Chicago area, and much of it will go towards slowing the flow of sewer water into Chicago's rivers.
Gov. Pat Quinn boosted his populist credentials on Wednesday as he looks toward a 2014 re-election bid. He called for a 20 percent increase in the minimum wage, ban on military-style assault weapons and approval of gay marriage.