Pat Quinn

  • State: Jimmy John's founder owes taxes on planes Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    The case is pending before the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal, the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported. Illinois Department of Revenue officials allege that the companies— Jimmy John's Franchise LLC and Liautaud Development Group LLC— owe the money on the 2009 purchases of a Lear jet and a Bombadier BD-100. In 2011 he threatened to...

  • Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states last month Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 8 states and were unchanged in 11 states. Colorado and Kentucky, two states with hard-fought Senate campaigns, experienced the...

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school— some on as little as $7.25 per hour. In one state, Illinois, the campaign to support the minimum wage would not actually raise the wage.

  • Delay in Illinois fracking permitting spurs suit Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. It comes as the state faces a Nov. 15 deadline for sorting out the rules for how developers would deploy high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," under an Illinois law approved last year. Energy resources "just have been a godsend to that part of the state," Rod Taylor, a southern...

  • Unions rally to support Gov. Malloy's re-election Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    As of last week, national unions based in Washington, D.C., had contributed at least $1.9 million to an independent expenditure political action committee supporting Malloy that's called Connecticut Forward, according to a review of reports filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Many of those same unions have also contributed tens of...

  • Illinois governor signs bill for $1.1 billion of bonds Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 22- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed legislation to fund state-wide transportation projects with $1.1 billion of bonds. However, according to Abdon Pallasch, the state's assistant budget director, no bond sales are currently planned for the rest of 2014..

  • CHICAGO, July 11- The Illinois Supreme Court's ruling extending constitutional protection to public sector retiree health care is a negative credit factor for Illinois, Chicago and local governments seeking to alter pension benefits, Moody's Investors Service said on Friday. Illinois already has the lowest credit rating among states, with Moody's at A3.

  • WASHINGTON- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt unions a setback Monday by ruling that state-paid, in-home care workers in Illinois cannot be compelled to pay union dues, but stopped short of blocking organized labor from collecting such fees from other public employees.

  • WASHINGTON- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that in-home care workers in Illinois who are paid by the state are not similar enough to government employees to be compelled to pay union dues.

  • CHICAGO, May 20- Illinois Republicans on Tuesday started laying out their plans to stop Governor Pat Quinn and the Democrat-controlled legislature from keeping the state's personal income tax rate at 5 percent.

  • CHICAGO, May 5- Illinois' fiscal 2014 revenue will be $588 million higher than previously expected despite a 19.3 percent drop in personal income tax collections in April, according to a report on Monday by a state legislative commission.

  • Report to present magnitude of Ill. fiscal woes Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    University of Illinois economist Richard Dye says solutions to problems like the state's backlog of bills and the Medicaid squeeze will be mentioned but not recommended. Illinois was among six states examined. Pat Quinn spokesman Abdon Pallasch says the July report highlighted problems the Illinois governor has fixed or proposed solutions for.

  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 111 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill.-- For the first time on a key Midwestern route between Chicago and St. Louis, an Amtrak passenger train topped 110 mph Friday, ripping through fog-shrouded farm fields and blowing past cars on a parallel highway. Illinois and the country was a wasteland when it came to high speed rail, "said U.S.

  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:08 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill.-- An Amtrak passenger train has reached a speed of 110 mph for the first time in Illinois. The five-car, two-locomotive train zipped through the central Illinois countryside, hitting its high speed between the towns of Dwight and Pontiac.

  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph Friday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Illinois Gov.

  • Partnerships to help control Ill. Medicaid costs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- A for-profit nursing home company owned by a politically connected Chicago businessman is a partner in a project Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that aims to control health spending for high-cost Medicaid recipients.

  • Video gambling goes live at 65 Ill. bars, eateries Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:38 PM ET

    "The IGB's staff has done a tremendous job to... bring this new industry to Illinois," board Chairman Aaron Jaffe said in a written statement. Jeff Glover, manager of Chino's Pizzeria in the Chicago suburb of Justice, said he'd just finished mopping when he saw the restaurant's three terminals activated around 11:30 a.m..