WBEZ | Gov. Quinn http://www.wbez.org/tags/gov-quinn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Gov. Quinn organizes transit task force to take on scandals at agencies http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-22/morning-shift-gov-quinn-organizes-transit-task-force <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Red Line - Flickr- Buddahbless.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With an eye on improving service and eliminating corruption, Gov. Quinn has organized a transit task force. We discuss what&#39;s ahead for the panel. Also, the history and future of The Purple Hotel.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Gov. Quinn organizes transit task force to take on scandals at agencies" on Storify</a>]</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-22/morning-shift-gov-quinn-organizes-transit-task-force Illinois to allow immigrants to get licenses http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-allow-immigrants-get-licenses-105171 <p><div><p><span id="_oneup">SPRINGFIELD, Ill. &mdash; Illinois is the fourth state to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver&#39;s license with a new law signed by the governor.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation Sunday surrounded by hundreds of supporters who say the measure will make Illinois&#39; roads safer and expand opportunities for undocumented immigrants.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Quinn says people need a way to get to work, drive to the doctor and drive their children to school. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the new law should serve as a model for the nation.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">New Mexico and Washington both issue licenses to undocumented immigrants, while Utah issues permits.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Illinois officials say the dissemination of the temporary licenses is expected to begin in October.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">The legislation was billed as a public safety measure and had bipartisan support.</span></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-allow-immigrants-get-licenses-105171 Quinn earns C, C+ on job creation http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-earns-c-c-job-creation-96547 <p><p>The president of the&nbsp;Illinois&nbsp;Chamber of Commerce says he'd give Pat Quinn a C or C+ grade on the governor's job-creation policies during his tenure in office.</p><div><p>Doug Whitley spoke to The Associated Press on Monday as he launched a two-day speaking tour to weigh in on what he believes&nbsp;Illinois&nbsp;has do to improve the state's business climate and reduce a jobless rate of around 10 percent.</p><p>Whitley praises Quinn for identifying economic development as a priority and especially for putting a renewed focus on international trade. But he says Quinn hasn't done enough to control spending.</p><p>The 3,500-member Chamber is voicing its views before Quinn delivers his budget proposal Wednesday. Quinn has already cut spending and raised taxes, but&nbsp;Illinois&nbsp;remains in dire financial shape.</p></div></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-earns-c-c-job-creation-96547 Young politicos debate the 'State of the State' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/young-politicos-debate-state-state-95992 <p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will deliver his State of the State address this week, which got <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondering: What do younger members of Illinois' political parties think the governor should propose to help get the state sailing in the right direction? <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>staged a mini-debate with two young politicos to find out. Angel Garcia is president of the Chicago Young Republicans and Matt Fruth is the president of the Young Democrats of Illinois.</p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/young-politicos-debate-state-state-95992 New Illinois Gaming Board numbers presenting problems for expansionists http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-11/new-illinois-gaming-board-numbers-presenting-problems-expansionists-9545 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-11/120105_gambling_online_605_ap.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ’s Kristen McQueary discussed the ripple effect of Illinois' pension problem, the state's recent downgrade of its credit rating and the latest on a report from the <a href="http://www.gambling-law-us.com/State-Laws/Illinois/gaming/" target="_blank">Illinois Gaming Board </a>and explained what the numbers could mean for gambling expansion in Chicago and Illinois.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-11/new-illinois-gaming-board-numbers-presenting-problems-expansionists-9545 Suburban officials lobby to uphold 'smart grid' veto http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-officials-lobby-uphold-smart-grid-veto-93058 <p><p>Suburban government officials are calling on Illinois lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of legislation backed by Commonwealth Edison.</p><p>Members of the Northwest Municipal Conference said the electric company should make improvements to its infrastructure and response systems that left thousands without power for days earlier this year. Wilmette village president Christopher Canning says those improvements must come before ComEd is allowed to raise rates for new “smart grid” technology.</p><p>“The communications problems, the reliability problems, the infrastructure problems exist and will not be solved by smart grid,” said Canning.</p><p>Members of the conference called ComEd's response to July's massive thunderstorms, which left more than 850,000 people without power, “abysmal”.</p><p>In September, Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed legislation that would have allowed the state’s two electric utility companies to raise rates in order to make improvements to the power grid, dismissing it as a power grab.</p><p>ComEd insists a smart grid system is necessary to get customers back online quickly after outages and save money in the long run.</p></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-officials-lobby-uphold-smart-grid-veto-93058 Quinn OK with no concealed weapons in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-ok-no-concealed-weapons-illinois-88256 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-23/108136510.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has no problem with Illinois being the only state where it's illegal to carry a concealed weapon.</p><p>Quinn stood by his opposition to concealed weapons on Thursday - just days after lawmakers in neighboring Wisconsin passed a law to lift that state's ban. Wisconsin's Republican governor is expected to sign it.&nbsp;</p><p>Quinn maintains most Illinoisans don't approve of concealed weapons. He says public safety comes first. In some places in Illinois, he says there's a&nbsp; "violence epidemic."&nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat says letting private citizens carry concealed weapons in public isn't the way to deal with it. He says he also doubts that Illinois lawmakers would pass a bill allowing concealed weapons.&nbsp;</p><p>Quinn says carrying concealed weapons won't enhance public safety.</p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-ok-no-concealed-weapons-illinois-88256 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 Immigrant advocates rally in Springfield for state funding http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-03/immigrant-advocates-rally-springfield-state-funding-83299 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Arizona protesters Getty John Moore.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hundreds of people from the Chicago area gathered at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday morning. The event was part of an annual day of lobbying in Springfield on behalf of immigrants. This year&rsquo;s visit had some extra energy. For one, Gov. Pat Quinn&rsquo;s proposed <a target="_blank" href="http://www2.illinois.gov/budget/Pages/default.aspx">state budget</a> for the next fiscal year cuts immigrant and refugee services. For another, a west-suburban lawmaker is pushing an <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=HB&amp;DocNum=1969&amp;GAID=11&amp;SessionID=84&amp;LegID=59170">immigration-enforcement bill</a> modeled after a tough new Arizona law.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Chip Mitchell is following both developments and joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> from the station's West&nbsp;Side bureau.</p></p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 13:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-03/immigrant-advocates-rally-springfield-state-funding-83299 The State of the State: Gov. Quinn proposes $8.7 billion in borrowing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/state-state-gov-quinn-proposes-87-billion-borrowing-82466 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Quinn State of State Seth Perlman AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his annual State of the State address Wednesday. As he gave a brief run-through of his <a target="_blank" href="http://www2.illinois.gov/budget/Pages/default.aspx">new budget</a> Quinn tried to paint an optimistic future for the Prairie State. That&rsquo;s no easy task. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.forbes.com/2010/01/20/united-states-debt-10-business-wall-street-united-states-debt.html"><em> Forbes </em>magazine<em> </em></a>recently called Illinois the state with the worst debt scenario in America. No surprise - Quinn&rsquo;s message was clear: Illinois must get its financial house in order. Will the Governor&rsquo;s stern warning jolt the General Assembly?</p><p>To help sort through some of the budget highlights <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to policy expert <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/faculty/h-pollack.shtml">Harold Pollack</a>. Professor Pollack is the Hellen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He&rsquo;s also the faculty chair at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/chas/home.shtml">Center for Health and Administration Studies</a>.</p></p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-17/state-state-gov-quinn-proposes-87-billion-borrowing-82466