Gov. Pat Quinn http://wkms.org en Thousands Apply for Tornado Recovery Assistance in Ill. http://wkms.org/post/thousands-apply-tornado-recovery-assistance-ill <p>Illinois officials say more than 2,000 people have applied for federal assistance following November tornadoes that prompted disaster declaration in their counties.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says the government has approved more than $1.6 million in federal grants and more than $5.6 million in low-interest loans.</p><p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:40:47 +0000 The Associated Press & John Null 37730 at http://wkms.org Thousands Apply for Tornado Recovery Assistance in Ill. $7M Announced for Ill. Non-Violent Offender Program http://wkms.org/post/7m-announced-ill-non-violent-offender-program <p>Illinois&nbsp;officials say the $7 million announced for efforts to move incarcerated non-violent&nbsp;offenders&nbsp;into community-based&nbsp;programs&nbsp;comes from the state's general revenue fund.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Sunday, saying community&nbsp;programs&nbsp;save money and are shown to produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent&nbsp;offenders.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:43:08 +0000 The Associated Press 37692 at http://wkms.org $7M Announced for Ill. Non-Violent Offender Program IL Lawmakers Question Quinn’s Agenda http://wkms.org/post/il-lawmakers-question-quinn-s-agenda <p></p><p>The Illinois Legislature has wrapped up its official 2013 session after passing historic gay marriage legislation.</p><p>But it made little progress on many other high-profile issues.</p><p>Lawmakers have yet to solve the state's $100 billion dollar pension crisis. They haven't raised the minimum wage, enacted an assault weapons ban or approved additional ethics reforms. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:52:35 +0000 The Associated Press 36455 at http://wkms.org IL Lawmakers Question Quinn’s Agenda Online Wagering Law's Expiration Causing Worry in Illinois http://wkms.org/post/online-wagering-laws-expiration-causing-worry-illinois <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois horse racing industry could find itself in a bind if lawmakers don't renew an online betting law that expires in January.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:58:36 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35889 at http://wkms.org Online Wagering Law's Expiration Causing Worry in Illinois IL Pension Panel Split On Proposed Fix http://wkms.org/post/il-pension-panel-split-proposed-fix <p></p><p>The Illinois Legislature&#39;s fall veto session is just a week away, but a committee tasked with the solving the state&#39;s enormous pension problem is divided.</p><p>An Associated Press survey of the 10-member committee found five Democrats support a plan that would save the state $138 billion over 30 years. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:42:02 +0000 The Associated Press 35682 at http://wkms.org IL Pension Panel Split On Proposed Fix IL Lawmakers Want Quinn's Appeal Rejected http://wkms.org/post/il-lawmakers-want-quinns-appeal-rejected <p></p><p>Illinois&#39; top Democratic legislative leaders are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reject Governor Pat Quinn&#39;s appeal of a lawsuit over legislative pay.</p><p>Quinn halted lawmakers&#39; pay in July until pension reform was achieved. A Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled last month that the move was unconstitutional and ordered lawmakers to be sent back pay, with interest. An appeal is being reviewed by the state Supreme Court. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:05:26 +0000 The Associated Press 35566 at http://wkms.org IL Lawmakers Want Quinn's Appeal Rejected IL Board Announces Education Funding Hearings http://wkms.org/post/il-board-announces-education-funding-hearings <p></p><p>The Illinois State Board of Education is announcing a series of public hearings as it re-examines school funding. The first hearing will be held in Carbondale on Oct. 23 and is followed by others in Macomb, Champaign, Grayslake and Chicago.</p><p>Hearing participants will be asked to detail the value of the programs and services they feel are vital to education in Illinois. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:17:55 +0000 The Associated Press 35539 at http://wkms.org IL Board Announces Education Funding Hearings Ill. Senator Wants Handguns Banned from Churches http://wkms.org/post/ill-senator-wants-handguns-banned-churches <p>An Illinois state senator wants to add churches to the list of places where concealed guns wouldn't be allowed in new state law.</p><p>Park Ridge Democrat Dan Kotowski said he doesn't agree with a provision in the state's new concealed-carry law that allows guns in churches, temples or mosques. He filed an amendment to the law Monday and said he'll push for its approval.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:41:36 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 33091 at http://wkms.org Ill. Senator Wants Handguns Banned from Churches Quinn: Inaction on pension "lets down taxpayers" http://wkms.org/post/quinn-inaction-pension-lets-down-taxpayers <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul bill have let down taxpayers.&nbsp; Quinn set Tuesday as the deadline for a bipartisan pension panel to report back with a plan. That was even as members of the so-called conference committee formed last month called his deadline arbitrary and irresponsible.&nbsp; Quinn says there'll be consequences, but he's declined to say exactly what he'd do.&nbsp; Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:56:25 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 32934 at http://wkms.org Quinn: Inaction on pension "lets down taxpayers" Illinois lawmakers end third pension meeting http://wkms.org/post/illinois-lawmakers-end-third-pension-meeting <p>An Illinois bipartisan panel has finished a third meeting about the state's $97 billion pension crisis as another deadline set by Governor Pat Quinn lapses without a solution.&nbsp; The group has now asked for reports of the cost-savings of a university-backed retirement funding proposal after meeting Monday. Quinn gave the committee a deadline of today to achieve pension reform.&nbsp; Lawmakers moved to form the committee after a compromise couldn't be reached last month.&nbsp; Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:28:41 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 32896 at http://wkms.org Illinois lawmakers end third pension meeting