WBEZ | quinn http://www.wbez.org/tags/quinn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Study Guide: Candidates on the big issues http://www.wbez.org/news/study-guide-candidates-big-issues-111034 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/sparknotes Quinn Rauner.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With the election just days away, we gave Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner a questionnaire on five big topics: Education, the minimum wage, income taxes, pensions and jobs.</p><p>You can see the full questionnaires (and the candidates&#39; full answers) <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/study-guide-top-issues-candidates-own-words-111034#fullquestionnaire" target="_blank">below</a>, but we&rsquo;ve also worked them into a kind of SparkNotes guide for Illinois voters. We kept the negative barbs out of this guide, but as you&rsquo;ll see in the full questionnaire, both candidates couldn&rsquo;t help but take swipes at each other.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174639538&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Income Tax</span></p><p>If you&rsquo;ve watched any of the <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/sets/il-election-2014-raw-debate-1" target="_blank">three debates</a>, or even turned a television on in Illinois lately, you&rsquo;ve probably heard the candidates talking about income tax on the campaign trail.</p><blockquote><p><strong><a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/sets/il-election-2014-raw-debate-1" target="_blank">Listen to raw audio from the three Illinois gubernatorial debates</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>It&rsquo;s partly because the State of Illinois&rsquo; budget is in a bit of trouble. Take the backlog of bills, for example: State estimates can vary, but right now Illinois is dealing with more than $4.1 billion in unpaid bills.</p><p>Back in 2011, Gov. Quinn signed a bill that boosted the income tax rate up to five percent for four years, though it was scheduled to drop down to 3.75 percent at the end of this year.</p><p>Quinn&rsquo;s since said the state needs to &ldquo;maintain the state&rsquo;s income tax where it is today&rdquo; as part of his balanced budget plan. Quinn says his plan will help pay down Illinois&rsquo; bills, avoid cuts to education, public safety and human services, prevent property tax increases and provide additional property tax relief.</p><p>Meanwhile, Rauner says he wants to bring that income tax rate down.</p><p>&ldquo;We need to roll back the income tax hike if we want to attract high-quality jobs back to Illinois,&rdquo; he wrote. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the ultimate way to fix the budget&mdash;by having more tax-paying citizens.&rdquo;</p><p>Though both candidates were asked what the &ldquo;right income tax rate&rdquo; would be for Illinois, Rauner didn&rsquo;t specify a number. In his campaign literature, Rauner says he would roll back the income tax rate to three percent over the next four years.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Minimum Wage</span></p><p>The minimum wage debate has been important not just between Rauner and Quinn but across the state and the country. We asked both candidates if they&rsquo;d raise the minimum wage, and if so, by how much, and when?</p><p>Rauner&rsquo;s gotten flack about moving back and forth on this issue. <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-09/news/chi-rauner-on-minimum-wage-flap-i-made-a-mistake-20140108_1_minimum-wage-federal-rate-bruce-rauner" target="_blank">Videos</a>&nbsp;and audio have surfaced that show Rauner calling for cuts to Illinois&rsquo; $8.25 minimum wage. But in our questionnaire, he says he is for raising the state minimum wage, with some caveats:</p><p>&ldquo;The state of Illinois should implement a phased-in minimum wage increase, coupled with workers&rsquo; compensation and lawsuit reforms to bring down employer costs,&rdquo; he wrote. He added that he&rsquo;d support an increase to the federal minimum wage so that Illinois remains &ldquo;competitive with our neighboring states.&rdquo;</p><p>Rauner didn&rsquo;t say how much he wants to raise the minimum wage, or when he would do it, if elected.</p><blockquote><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/2014-election-coverage-citizens-heres-your-homework-110973" target="_blank"><strong>Citizens! Here&rsquo;s your homework: WBEZ&#39;s 2014 election coverage</strong></a></p></blockquote><p>Quinn&rsquo;s also been criticized on this issue: He&rsquo;s been for raising the minimum wage, but some have called him out for not boosting it during his time in office, despite having a Democratic majority in the General Assembly. Quinn wrote in our questionnaire that he&rsquo;s working on it.</p><p>&ldquo;Yes, I am currently fighting to raise the state&rsquo;s minimum wage to at least $10 an hour to help Illinois workers and working families,&rdquo; he said.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Tax Education</span></p><p>We asked the candidates to dig into two issues when it comes to education: Charter schools and funding. Right now, there&rsquo;s a limit on how many charter schools can be opened in Illinois.</p><p>Rauner, a long-time supporter of charter schools and a financial supporter of charters (including one that <a href="http://raunercollegeprep.noblenetwork.org/" target="_blank">carries</a>&nbsp;his name on the Near West Side of Chicago), says he&rsquo;d throw out that limit.</p><p>&ldquo;Public charter schools are not the only solution for parents looking for better educational options,&rdquo; he wrote. &ldquo;But they are an important resource for communities with no other option.&rdquo;</p><p>Meanwhile, Quinn says he&rsquo;d keep the 120 cap on charters.</p><p>&ldquo;I believe before moving forward with authorizing more charters, it&rsquo;s important to complete an impact study of how charter school policy has impacted the district as a whole,&rdquo; Quinn wrote.</p><p>An important note: No matter who gets elected, the state is far from reaching that 120 cap. So regardless of whether the limit gets thrown out, there&rsquo;s still room to grow in the charter sector.&nbsp;</p><p>Both candidates have talked a lot about the importance of funding education&mdash;and they&rsquo;ve criticized each other even more over that issue. But ask how much the State of Illinois should pay per child for public education and neither gives a number.</p><p>In Rauner&rsquo;s answer, he listed his experience on education boards, and the schools and programs he and his wife Diana have financially supported.</p><p>Quinn&rsquo;s answer is the closest we got to an actual number. He says his five-year blueprint will &ldquo;allow us to fund the foundations level up to at least 100 percent over the next five years.&rdquo;</p><p>Another quick note: the power to fund public education in Illinois doesn&rsquo;t just rest in the governor&rsquo;s pen. Right now, the foundation level of what&rsquo;s known as &ldquo;general state aid&rdquo; is currently set at $6,119. But no district gets that exact number from the state, as there&rsquo;s a formula for funding that includes local property taxes, grants and other funds. As the sausage gets made, that original per-pupil amount can be molded and changed into something different.</p><p>So no matter who is governor, the general assembly holds the key to what districts get per student. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Pensions</span></p><p>Ah, pensions. We couldn&rsquo;t have an Illinois voter guide without addressing this topic. The State of Illinois currently faces a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-pension-problem-how-big-it-really-109659" target="_blank">$100 billion dollar</a>&nbsp;pension shortfall.</p><p>Quinn says the best way out of the pension mess is the pension reform bill he signed last December.</p><p>&ldquo;The comprehensive pension reform I fought for a [sic] signed into law will eliminate our unfunded pension liability and stabilize our pension system,&rdquo; Quinn wrote.</p><p>The reform package includes reductions to some workers&rsquo; benefits and boosts the retirement age. It&rsquo;s currently facing a constitutional challenge, but Quinn hasn&rsquo;t released any sort of plan B in case it&rsquo;s overturned. When asked, he commonly uses a familiar phrase that Quinn credits his father with: &ldquo;don&rsquo;t take an aspirin until you get a headache.&rdquo;</p><p>Rauner says he would also wait to see what the judge rules before constructing his own pension plan, but wrote, &ldquo;I have always maintained moving to a new, defined contribution system for future work is a critical component of true pension reform that would be constitutional.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Jobs</span></p><p>The State of Illinois&rsquo; job market was the number one issue during the first gubernatorial debate. While the state continues to add jobs, it still <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-states-job-creators-1029-biz-20141028-story.html" target="_blank">struggles</a>&nbsp;in national rankings. We asked the candidates to pick one job sector that they think the state should focus on first to get the economy growing again. Neither candidate chose just one.</p><p>Rauner said the state&rsquo;s economy is in such dire straits that &ldquo;we can&rsquo;t afford to focus on only one sector.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;From tech to manufacturing to energy development, we need policies that unlock the natural advantages of our state,&rdquo; he wrote.</p><p>Quinn&rsquo;s answer was similar.</p><p>&ldquo;One of the great advantages to Illinois is the state&rsquo;s diverse economy, and continuing to growing [sic] the economy requires a focus on multiple sectors,&rdquo; he wrote.</p><p>Quinn said the state could drive innovation by building research and technology hubs in sectors like manufacturing, agriculture, energy and IT.</p><p>Quinn and Rauner have both turned to their backgrounds as proof of their ability to create jobs. Quinn has held a lot of job announcement press conferences ahead of the election, like this week&rsquo;s news that <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141028/NEWS07/141029791/amazon-plans-illinois-operations-1000-jobs" target="_blank">Amazon</a>&nbsp;will open a distribution center here. But even as <a href="http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.il.htm" target="_blank">job</a>&nbsp;numbers continue to improve for Illinois, Quinn has faced criticism for the state&rsquo;s low overall employment <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141021/NEWS02/141029953/how-the-latest-jobs-report-helps-and-hurts-quinn-and-rauner" target="_blank">levels</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, Rauner has spent a lot of time talking up his work with GTCR, a private equity firm he built (the R stands for Rauner), as well as explaining how his career in business could help him fix Illinois&rsquo; financial woes. But he hasn&rsquo;t escaped criticism either: Rauner&rsquo;s faced <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141022/BLOGS02/141029923/what-one-rauner-business-deal-says-about-the-candidate" target="_blank">hit</a>&nbsp;after <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-25/news/ct-illinois-republican-governor-race-met-0126-20140126_1_gtcr-bruce-rauner-court-awards" target="_blank">hit</a>&nbsp;of &nbsp;accusations of mismanagement in some of the companies GTCR invested in.&nbsp;</p><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif" size="5"><span style="line-height: 22px;">Quinn&#39;s full questionnaire answers<a name="fullquestionnaire"></a></span></font></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_76517" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/245046312/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif" size="5"><span style="line-height: 22px;">Rauners&#39;s full questionnaire answers</span></font></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_62842" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/245051905/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-d822f4cd-673d-da73-c09f-937f1d4b2ed0"><em>Lauren Chooljian is a WBEZ Reporter. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian.</a>&nbsp;Education reporter Becky Vevea also contributed to this reporting. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/WBEZEducation" target="_blank">@WBEZEducation</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/study-guide-candidates-big-issues-111034 The courtship of black votes: Is it working? http://www.wbez.org/news/courtship-black-votes-it-working-111007 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/quinn_rauner_debate.png" alt="" /><p><p><em>Governor Quinn, in my opinion, is taking the African-American vote for granted. I will deliver real results for African-American families. African-American families are suffering. - GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner</em></p><p><em>My opponent had 51 executives in his company. No African Americans. Not one. And I think that&rsquo;s the record. With the respect to our cabinet, it&rsquo;s diverse. - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn</em></p><p>Those darts and others flew earlier this month when the two candidates debated at DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side. Each argued that he&rsquo;s the better friend to blacks.</p><p>Chicago Urban League sponsored the debate, and CEO Andrea Zopp evaluated the attention to African-American voters.</p><p>&ldquo;It depends on whether you&rsquo;re trying to be cynical or not. So let&rsquo;s take the non-cynical approach first. I think it&rsquo;s terrific. In the last gubernatorial race in 2010, we held a forum here for the gubernatorial race and Bill Brady wouldn&rsquo;t even come to the South Side,&rdquo; Zopp said.</p><p>Zopp said that it&rsquo;s important that the GOP recognize black voting power. But, she added, &ldquo;The issue is of course the cynical side, is they&rsquo;re doing that right now. That once they get elected, we&rsquo;re irrelevant to them and that&rsquo;s certainly of concern.&rdquo;</p><p>Democratic strategist Delmarie Cobb said Quinn has black folk to thank for his 2010 victory. He got 90 percent of the black vote. Cobb said Quinn&rsquo;s opponent this year took notice.</p><p>&ldquo;The path to victory for the Republican candidate Bruce Rauner was determined before he entered the race and he decided the path to victory was through the African-American community,&rdquo; Cobb said.</p><p>Pastors and other high-profile African Americans have endorsed Rauner and dairy businessman Jim Oberweis, who&rsquo;s trying to unseat Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat. Oberweis has an office in Woodlawn and the GOP has recently opened offices on the South and West Sides.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know if it&rsquo;s made any significant changes in terms of what will it mean for African Americans when the election is over. My belief is if African Americans don&rsquo;t hold elected officials accountable, none of it means anything,&rdquo; Cobb said.</p><p>African-American voters can be Democratic party loyalists -- but consider &nbsp;the 1990s. Republican Governor Jim Edgar reaped black support. He was a moderate who had a record in black communities.</p><p>Community organizer Mark Allen said he&rsquo;s not sure what voter turnout will be this year. But for the first time, he&rsquo;s not endorsing any individuals for election.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to finally focus on the economic issues because the black community once again is just as broke before these campaigns, just as broke during the campaigns and they&rsquo;re just as broke after the campaigns are over because we get so involved with the partisanship of these agendas, that we lose the economics,&rdquo; Allen said.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Get out the vote</span></p><p>On a sunny autumn day, organizers with the Black Youth Project are doing GOTV - get out the vote - at the 63rd and King Drive Green Line stop. They&rsquo;re out to get young people to take a pledge that they will vote on Nov. 4.</p><p>Charlene Carruthers is with the Black Youth Project and said one part of the black demographic is overlooked:</p><p>&ldquo;We know that in 2008, 2010 and also in 2012, young black voters were among the greatest when we look at the youth demographic. Our vote absolutely matters. It will absolutely impact the election statewide.&rdquo;</p><p>But Carruthers said candidates - regardless of political party -- aren&rsquo;t speaking to issues that young people care about -- things like &nbsp;reforming the criminal justice system.</p><p>In jockeying for the black vote, Carruthers said any candidate from any party needs to do more than show up around election time.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. <a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>.&nbsp;Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em></p></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/courtship-black-votes-it-working-111007 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