WBEZ | quinn http://www.wbez.org/tags/quinn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Quinn releases new Illinois pension video http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-releases-new-illinois-pension-video-104367 <p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has released <a href="http://thisismyillinois.com/" target="_blank">another video</a> as part of his new online campaign to get Illinoisans excited about pension reform.</p><p>The video released Thursday features a group of elementary school children listening to a pension presentation. The children become increasingly bored before deciding they need a lobbyist to represent them. The video is one of two parts. It&#39;s titled &quot;Kids Don&#39;t Have Lobbyists.&quot;</p><p>Quinn says in a statement that children have a lot at stake. He says the state&#39;s pension obligations have meant deep cuts in early childhood education, after-school programs and college grants over the last decade.</p><p>Quinn launched the pension video series last month with a cartoon orange python named &quot;Squeezy.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-releases-new-illinois-pension-video-104367 Quinn: Concealed carry law must have limits http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-concealed-carry-law-must-have-limits-104347 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/quinn_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn says his office will work with the General Assembly to fashion concealed carry legislation that protects public safety.</p><p>Quinn&#39;s comments came one day after a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/court-ruling-illinois-gun-ban-sets-stage-fight-104319">federal appeals court ruled Illinois&#39; ban is unconstitutional</a>. The court gave lawmakers 180 days to come up with a law legalizing the concealed carry of weapons.</p><p>Speaking at a news conference in Chicago, Quinn said he&#39;ll let Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p><p>The governor says he will insist any Illinois law include &quot;reasonable restrictions,&quot; such as prohibiting people with a history of mental illness from having the weapons. He says his office will review other states&#39; laws.</p><p>Quinn also renewed his call for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.</p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-concealed-carry-law-must-have-limits-104347 House didn't take up budget override for prisons http://www.wbez.org/news/house-didnt-take-budget-override-prisons-104213 <p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-suggest-closings-consolidations-96621">budget cuts</a> that will force the closure of some prisons and other state facilities will stand.</p><p>The Illinois House didn&#39;t consider an override vote Wednesday before adjourning on the last day of veto session.</p><p>A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the speaker didn&#39;t think it was necessary action to take.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-senate-overrides-quinns-prison-cuts-104072">the Senate voted</a> to reject cuts of $56 million to funds for the Tamms high-security prison and other sites.</p><p>Quinn opposed the override.</p><p>He called Wednesday&#39;s decision by House members not to call for a vote a victory for taxpayers.</p><p>He wants to improve child-protection program funding.</p><p>His administration argues that Tamms and some juvenile detention centers are underutilized and that developmentally disabled residents in state institutions would fare better in community settings.</p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/house-didnt-take-budget-override-prisons-104213 Quinn mulls executive order on insurance exchange http://www.wbez.org/quinn-mulls-executive-order-insurance-exchange-99129 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS225_Pat Quinn_getty-scr_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn may use an executive order to establish a key piece of President Barack Obama's health care law.</p><p>The order would set up a health insurance exchange, set of standardized health care plans from which people may choose.</p><p>Republicans have responded saying the governor should not issue the order before the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether or not the law is constitutional.</p><p>Quinn said he doubts the court's decision would come before the end of the current legislative session.</p><p>"I hope they decide in favor of the Affordable Care Act, and there are provisions in that where there are enhanced federal monies for our state and every state for ensuring more people," Quinn said.</p><p>Michael Gelder, the governor's senior health care policy advisor, said the Legislature is too busy with Medicaid and pension reform to address the issue during the spring session, which ends May 31<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>An executive order is one way to meet looming federal deadlines to establish an Illinois-based health insurance exchange; another way is calling the Legislature back for a special session.</p><p>Only two other states—New York and Rhode Island—have established exchanges by executive order.</p></p> Mon, 14 May 2012 15:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/quinn-mulls-executive-order-insurance-exchange-99129 Quinn: Wrigley not on priority list http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-wrigley-not-priority-list-98331 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/wrigley.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As the baseball season continues, so do conversations about possible renovations to Wrigley Field. Elected officials like Mayor Rahm Emanuel have spoken out about funding to the field. But Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he's got more important things to focus on.<br><br>The Cubs owners, the Ricketts family, have been in talks with the city and the state over how to fund renovations. Emanuel said recently the discussion was nearing its final stages. He's spoken out multiple times about the renvovations, always making sure reporters and residents know he's got the taxpayers' backs.<br><br>"I'm there to be a steward for the taxpayers, not one for the Ricketts family, and I know the difference," Emanuel said Tuesday at an unrelated news conference.<br><br>Meanwhile, Gov. Quinn says he's got other things to worry about.<br><br>"Let's be serious. We just talked about medicaid and we have a budget we have to pass, we have to deal with pension stabilization, those issues are far, far higher on the priority list," Quinn said Thursday.<br><br>Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts asked the state two years ago for $300 million dollars in bonds toward the renovations. Ricketts has said the team would pay Illinois back with an amusement tax that's attached to ticket prices.<br><br>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 07:36:24 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-wrigley-not-priority-list-98331 International manufacturer moving U.S. headquarters to Illinois http://www.wbez.org/news/international-manufacturer-moving-us-headquarters-illinois-98318 <p><p>An international manufacturing company is moving its U.S. headquarters to Illinois. Lafarge North America is one of the largest cement and concrete companies in the world.</p><p>The company is currently headquartered in Virginia, but Lafarge announced Tuesday that it will be investing around $10 million dollars to relocate and says it will create up to 100 local jobs.</p><p>"For me, the location and all the infrastructure that this area offers is very important, so with the airports, the trains, we also transport very heavy materials so the rivers, the lakes,&nbsp; roads, railroads are very important to us," said John Stull, CEO of US aggregate, concrete and cement operations at Lafarge.</p><p>Stull said the company currently employs about 300 employees in Illinois. An official location for the new headquarters has yet to be determined, but Stull says the company will probably end up close to O'Hare Airport.</p></p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:29:17 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/international-manufacturer-moving-us-headquarters-illinois-98318 Quinn weighs in on U of I controversy http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-weighs-u-i-controversy-97021 <p><p><font size="2">Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is weighing in on the recent controversy between a group of University of Illinois faculty and its president.&nbsp;</font></p><p><font size="2">Last week, a group of 130 faculty members signed a letter calling for President Michael Hogan's resignation, saying they had no confidence in his leadership. </font></p><p><font size="2">"I think it's important that everybody gets along. My number one interest, when it comes to the University of Illinois, is the students. I think they come first," Quinn said.</font></p><p><font size="2"><font size="2">Quinn, a member of the University's board of trustees, said he gets along with Hogan very well. The board met for an emergency&nbsp;meeting Monday to discuss employment related matters. Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy said he wants President&nbsp;Hogan to do more to regain the faculty's support. </font></font><font size="2">According to Kennedy, the board is scheduled to review Hogan's job performance at their regularly scheduled quarterly&nbsp;meeting&nbsp;next week.</font></p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 19:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-weighs-u-i-controversy-97021 Governor’s office says new casino bill ‘a charade’ http://www.wbez.org/content/governor%E2%80%99s-office-says-new-casino-bill-%E2%80%98-charade%E2%80%99 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-26/RS2886_AP090220015524-quinn Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Amid cries of insincerity and off-the-charts cynicism, supporters of a gambling bill unveiled a new proposal Wednesday afternoon that includes many components Gov. Pat Quinn said he wanted.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-26/RS2886_325px Wide.jpg" style="margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: left; width: 325px; height: 336px;" title="(AP)">But because Quinn wasn’t involved in the bill’s creation, his spokesman called it a “charade,” capping another day of back-and-forth power plays between the Illinois Senate and Quinn’s office.</p><p>“We laid out a framework for gambling expansion,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said. “You don’t plop it in a bill and call it a day without the participation of the governor’s office.”</p><p>The bill sponsor, state Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), insisted the bill was a sincere effort to get gambling expansion passed in Illinois. The new bill, per Quinn’s requests, includes the following:</p><p>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; Longer time frames for the Illinois Gaming Board to review casino license applications.</p><p>2)&nbsp;&nbsp; More control over a Chicago Casino Development Authority, including a gaming board review of all contracts, a new inspector general to oversee gambling operations and the gaming board, and allowing the gaming board to yank the Chicago-owned casino license in cases of wrongdoing.</p><p>3)&nbsp;&nbsp; The Chicago authority also would work with Illinois State Police for enforcement issues. The casino in Chicago would undergo license renewal every four years, just like the other Illinois casinos.</p><p>4)&nbsp;&nbsp; The Illinois Gaming Board would get $50 million more in state money to hire additional staff.</p><p>5)&nbsp;&nbsp; Park City, a host town requested by Link, would no longer be an automatic winner under the new bill. Any community in Lake County can try to get a license.</p><p>6)&nbsp;&nbsp; No slots at Chicago airports.</p><p>7)&nbsp;&nbsp; Existing casinos, along with the five proposed, new facilities, would contribute up to $330 million annually toward the horseracing industry. The provision is “instead of” allowing the tracks to become “racinos” where they can install slot machines—a measure Quinn opposed. Senate President John Cullerton indicated the contribution amount could be tweaked if it would help bring the existing casinos on board with the new bill. &nbsp;</p><p>8)&nbsp;&nbsp; Casinos would pay an additional impact fee to go toward education.</p><p>9)&nbsp;&nbsp; Lawmakers would no longer be allowed to accept campaign contributions from the casino industry.</p><p>10) The new Des Plaines Rivers Casino would no longer qualify for a $4 million credit.</p><p>Cullerton and Link insisted they wanted the bill to pass in the Senate and would be voting for it, but Quinn’s office and others insisted they were playing games. Without the support of the horseracing industry, which wanted slots at tracks, the bill won’t pass, they said.</p><p>The governor wanted all sides to sit down and negotiate after he unveiled his list of demands last week. So far, that hasn’t happened.&nbsp; Link said he did not speak with the governor about the bill but said he had been working with the governor’s staff.</p><p>Anderson said Link’s bill was “not a legitimate proposal” and that the governor’s office only received a copy of the language last night.</p><p><em>Kristen McQueary covers state government for WBEZ and the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/">Chicago News Cooperative. </a></em></p></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/governor%E2%80%99s-office-says-new-casino-bill-%E2%80%98-charade%E2%80%99 Arbitrator rules against Quinn's plan to lay off state workers, close facilities http://www.wbez.org/story/arbitrator-rules-against-quinns-plan-layoff-state-workers-close-facilities-92750 <p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An arbitrator has ordered Gov. Pat Quinn to cancel his plan to lay off state employees and close several prisons and mental facilities.</p><p>Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled Monday that Quinn's plan would violate his agreement with a major union. The Democratic governor signed a deal last year that promised no layoffs or closures if the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees agreed to various cost-cutting measures.</p><p>Quinn says that lawmakers haven't given him enough money to run state government and he is now forced to make cuts.</p><p>But the arbitrator says that doesn't make any difference. Benn says the state's agreement isn't canceled because it now claims financial problems.</p><p>Quinn is likely to appeal. He is already fighting a similar ruling over canceling union raises.</p></p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/arbitrator-rules-against-quinns-plan-layoff-state-workers-close-facilities-92750 Governor Quinn heads to China to boost exports http://www.wbez.org/story/governor-quinn-heads-china-boost-exports-92008 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/4149352541_be57f2ca75.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to depart for China on Friday to lead an delegation of Illinois business and educational leaders. The governor told reporters this week he hopes his eight day mission will help improve trade relations with the country - and boost the Illinois economy.</p><p>Quinn said an increase in exports will create more jobs in Illinois.<br> <br> "I don't think any state in the union that really wants to get more jobs should miss the opportunity to interact with other countries that either want to invest in our state or want to buy our goods and services," said Quinn. "That's part of the job of a governor nowadays, especially in the 21st century."</p><p>The delgation is scheduled to stop in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, where Illinois first opened a trade office in 1983.</p><p>Quinn said he plans to sign an agreement with China that would increase soybean exports. China, according to Quinn, is the third largest exporter for Illinois, behind Canada and Mexico.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the governor's office, Illinois exports to China have grown recently, totaling more than $3 billion dollars last year.&nbsp; Key exports include machinery, electronics, chemicals and agricultural products. &nbsp;</p><p>During his mayoralty, Richard M. Daley made several visits to China to promote business and tourism in Chicago.&nbsp; And Quinn hopes his visit will further encourage Chinese tourism to Illinois, which grew to 97-thousand visitors in 2010.</p><p>The governor also plans to visit Japan for a conference at the end of his trip to China. He is scheduled to return to Illinois on September 24. This is Quinn's second trip abroad this year -- he visited <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/governor-quinn-week-long-trip-israel-89378">Israel in July.</a><br> <br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/governor-quinn-heads-china-boost-exports-92008