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  • Quinn says lawmakers didn’t ‘get the job done’ May 30, 2014 6:57 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn wanted to extend the state’s income tax increase to avoid budget cuts, including layoffs. However, lawmakers sent him a spending plan on Friday that Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue.

     
  • Rauner blasts state lawmakers’ budget May 30, 2014 6:53 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says the spending plan approved by state lawmakers is a “phony budget.”

     
  • Rauner targets Democrats with anti-tax robocalls May 20, 2014 6:53 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign has dispatched robocalls to constituents of four suburban Democratic state representatives in an effort to pressure the lawmakers to vote against extending Illinois’ income tax hike.

     
  • Hull donates to Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign May 12, 2014 6:09 AM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s donors include millionaire businessman Blair Hull, who lost a 2004 Democratic U.S. Senate primary. Hull wrote an April check to Rauner for $5,000, but says the Winnetka venture capitalist who’s poured millions of his own money into his run doesn’t need it. Hull calls it “emotional support.” He tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he likes Rauner’s term limits push. The securities trader says he also admires “wealthy people who want to serve.” He’s also donated tens of thousands toward a campaign that wants to change how Illinois determines its political boundaries. Hull spent millions of his own money for his Senate run. Now-President Barack Obama won the seat. Rauner is challenging Gov. Pat Quinn. The Chicago Democrat is seeking a second full term.

     
  • Does tollway official have conflict over Quinn donations? May 12, 2014 3:38 PM
    An Illinois tollway director also heads up a union local that's a major donor to Gov. Pat Quinn, writing a $250,000 check in January. Is it a conflict of interest, given that the governor appoints tollway board members? Yes, said good-government experts, who suggest reforms. No, said a Quinn spokeswoman.

     
  • Quinn makes minimum wage pitch at women’s event May 5, 2014 4:19 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has made his pitch to raise the Illinois minimum wage at a women’s luncheon in Chicago attended by many top Democrats and candidates. The annual Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch is hosted by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who called Quinn one of the “most honest” people she knows.

     
  • Senator: Commission should subpoena Quinn program May 5, 2014 7:12 PM
    The head of a legislative commission that helps review use of public funds says he’ll seek subpoena powers to investigate Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence program. The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Program is already the subject of Cook County and federal probes.

     
  • Quinn makes Chicago TV stops after word of probe May 2, 2014 10:34 PM
    A day after word of a federal probe into Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence program surfaced, he made the rounds at several Chicago televisions stations Friday to defend his actions and contend he swiftly corrected problems.

     
  • Federal prosecutors also probing Quinn’s anti-violence program May 1, 2014 6:33 PM
    Federal prosecutors have asked for information related to Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, which has also been the subject of a scathing state auditor’s report and a probe by the Cook County state’s attorney.

     
  • Probe of Quinn program stirs governor’s race Apr 30, 2014 5:47 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says his biggest achievements include cleaning up Illinois government after two scandal-plagued predecessors went to prison, but two back-to-back probes into hiring and management in the Chicago Democrat’s administration have given his Republican challenger fodder to paint a contrasting picture.

     
  • Rauner: Term limits push gets 590,000 signatures Apr 30, 2014 5:28 PM
    GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he has more than 590,000 signatures in support of a ballot measure that would ask voters whether term limits should be introduced for legislators. He’s confident voters will approve.

     
  • GOP lawmakers want federal probe of Quinn hires Apr 30, 2014 5:15 PM
    Republican members of Illinois’ congressional delegation are calling for a federal investigation of political hiring in Gov. Pat Quinn’s transportation department.

     
  • Quinn’s lawyer acknowledges inspector probe Apr 29, 2014 3:12 PM
    An attorney representing Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration publicly acknowledged Tuesday an ongoing investigation by Illinois’ inspector general of hiring practices under the one-term Democrat.

     
  • Quinn says state could give cities more money Apr 28, 2014 6:56 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn will consider giving Illinois communities a larger share of state income tax revenues as a way to help solve the municipal pension crisis, an idea he previewed Monday as part of his pitch to extend the temporary income tax increase. The Chicago Democrat didn’t give specifics but said he doesn’t want cities to rely on increasing property taxes.

     
  • Quinn says he’ll limit himself to 2 terms Apr 28, 2014 4:28 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says term limits are good policy for Illinois and he’s going to limit himself to two terms. The Chicago Democrat told reporters Monday after a City Club of Chicago speech that he won’t seek a third term if he wins in November against Republican Bruce Rauner.

     
  • Quinn says more discretionary jobs at IDOT were needed Apr 28, 2014 4:25 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says the increase in jobs free from hiring rules at the Illinois Department of Transportation were “absolutely” necessary. He told reporters Monday that there were federal stimulus dollars that had to be spent quickly and efficiently, along with a massive capital bill. ocuments released last week by his office showed a hiring increase of 57 percent from 2003 to 2011.

     
  • Term limits a tricky issue for Quinn Apr 25, 2014 10:10 PM
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn distinguished himself early in his political career as a fighter for term limits, but this election year it’s Illinois Republicans who are championing efforts to cap lawmakers’ time in office. A spokeswoman for Quinn is confirming a published report that says the Chicago Democrat won’t seek a third full term if he wins a second one in November.

     
  • Documents show increase in state patronage jobs Apr 25, 2014 7:57 PM
    The Illinois Department of Transportation increased the number of jobs that can be filled based on politics or loyalty by 57 percent in the last decade, documents released Friday show. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office divulged 137 pages of memos sought by an anti-patronage activist in a lawsuit filed this week.

     
  • Rauner skips GOP event over pastor’s comments Apr 24, 2014 5:03 PM
    GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner isn’t attending a Republican dinner in Moline because he says he disagrees with past statements from a pastor asked to speak at the event.

     
  • Rauner wants Quinn to release hiring documents Apr 24, 2014 5:04 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to release documents related to a federal complaint alleging improper hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation.

     
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