WBEZ | veto http://www.wbez.org/tags/veto Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Quinn vetoes power grid bill, praises electric cars http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-vetoes-power-grid-bill-praises-electric-cars-91089 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/Nissan leaf electric car_Flickr_Mariordo59.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn praised Nissan for beginning to sell its all-electric car in Illinois and at the same time again vowed to veto a power grid bill.</p><p>The bill would let electric companies raise their rates to help pay for modernizing the state's power grid.</p><p>Quinn said Thursday that vetoing the bill won't impact the rollout of more electric cars. He has criticized it for raising rates. He says the measure needs improvement, something that can be worked out after he vetoes what lawmakers passed.</p><p>Quinn made his comments at a news conference to announce Nissan would begin delivering its new car, called the Leaf, to people from Illinois who ordered them by the fall. The car already has been released in some American and global markets.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-vetoes-power-grid-bill-praises-electric-cars-91089 Examining Gov. Pat Quinn's recent legislative moves in Springfield http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-03/examining-gov-pat-quinns-recent-legislative-moves-springfield-87369 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/quinn hudzik.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As Illinois Governor Pat Quinn reviews more than 600 bills sent to him by the General Assembly he holds a powerful tool to get the job done: the veto pen.<br> <br> After being largely invisible during the spring session, Gov. Quinn is now in the driver’s seat on a number of controversial bills, including: gambling, an electric rate hike and workers compensation reform, just to name a few. So, what will he do with his power?<br> <br> To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Kristen McQueary; she's the state government reporter for WBEZ and the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-03/examining-gov-pat-quinns-recent-legislative-moves-springfield-87369 Attorney General Lisa Madigan reacts to pending utility rate hike legislation http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-01/attorney-general-lisa-madigan-reacts-pending-utility-rate-hike-legislati <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-01/Madigan Getty Joshua Lott.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Illinois General Assembly recently approved a bill that would allow power companies to raise electricity rates. The legislation is backed by Commonwealth Edison. The utility argues that it needs the extra revenue to update an aging electrical grid.<br> <br> This latest hike would be in addition to a separate rate increase that goes into effect on June 1. Despite legislative support in the House and Senate, not everyone is for the hike.<em> </em>One opponent is Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan who joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share her concerns.<br> <br> <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> also hit the streets to hear from local residents about how they plan to keep cool during hot summer months.</p><p><em>Music Button: Pat Metheny, "Orchestrion", from the CD Orchestrion, (Nonesuch)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-01/attorney-general-lisa-madigan-reacts-pending-utility-rate-hike-legislati