Tag: Pat Quinn

The Skyrocketing Cost of Doing Business In Chicago

With Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats wanting to up the minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10 statewide in Illinois, it seems Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to be first in Chicago and in a big way.

Illinois Next to Institute Ebola Quarantines

Illinois Next to Institute Ebola Quarantines

On Friday, the Governors of New York and New Jersey placed a mandatory quarantine on healthcare professionals returning from countries where Ebola is running rampant and now Illinois joins them with its own quarantine order. On Friday, October 24, in

Toxic: People Head For The Exits As Obama Speaks At Campaign Rally In Maryland

Multiple media sources are reporting that at a campaign rally in Maryland, Sunday, crowds dispersed early as President Obama made an appearance in support of Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor. Reportedly, within ten minutes of his speech, people

Obama Moves into Campaign Mode; Stops in Maryland, Illinois

Obama Moves into Campaign Mode; Stops in Maryland, Illinois

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to make his first major campaign appearances of the midterm elections. Obama plans to attend a Sunday afternoon rally for Anthony Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Brown is Maryland’s lieutenant governor and

Libertarian Gym Owner Could Play Key Role In IL Gov Race

A new Rasmussen poll shows the Illinois Governors race nearly a tie with the state’s Democratic Governor Pat Quinn holding a two-point advantage over GOP challenger Bruce Rauner. In years’ past a libertarian or any independent party line candidate was

Food Stamp Sign-Ups Outnumber Jobs Created in Obama's Illinois

Food Stamp Sign-Ups Outnumber Jobs Created in Obama's Illinois

Among the many metrics that show Obama’s home state is struggling to break the Great Recession, a new report shows that applications for food stamps in Illinois is greater than its creation of jobs. Illinois has had the worst recovery

What to Watch in the House Mid-Terms

The AP expects the GOP to “tighten its grip” on the U.S. House of Representatives this year citing “redistricting after the 2010 census and the retirement of moderate Democrats in conservative states,” although the Democrats financial edge is something of

Illinois Gov. Wants Statewide Assault Weapon Ban over Chicago Violence

Illinois Gov. Wants Statewide Assault Weapon Ban over Chicago Violence

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) is supporting statewide “restrictions” on .50 caliber rifles and bans on “assault weapon” and “high capacity” magazines because of the violence in heavily gun-controlled Chicago. According to Guns.com, Quinn voiced support for the Illinois Public

Another 5 Killed, 19 Wounded in Chicago's Weekend Violence

Another 5 Killed, 19 Wounded in Chicago's Weekend Violence

Since the brutal Winter finally came to a close another sort of brutality has engulfed the Windy City. The brutality of its gangs have bled the city every weekend since the cold waned and this weekend has been no different

Chicago teeters on the edge of financial oblivion

Sure, I could write that headline about any number of cities, and you could say Detroit is doing a lot more than just “teetering on the edge of oblivion.”  But it’s going to be a huge deal when Chicago goes

Federal Prosecutors Investigating Another Illinois Governor

Federal Prosecutors Investigating Another Illinois Governor

Federal prosecutors are probing yet another Illinois governor, incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, as reports emerged Thursday that the Department of Justice had asked state officials about his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Program, which has also been probed by state and local investigations. 

Illinois Moves Closer to 'Millionaires Tax'

Illinois Moves Closer to 'Millionaires Tax'

Late last week, the Illinois House Revenue Committee approved a plan to impose a tax surcharge on residents earning more than $1 million a year.  The measure, backed by Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan (pictured) would affect around 14,000 individuals

South, East Brace for Polar Temperatures, Wind Chills

South, East Brace for Polar Temperatures, Wind Chills

By RICK CALLAHANAssociated PressINDIANAPOLISFrigid air that snapped decades-old records will make venturing outside dangerous for a second straight day, this time spreading to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and keeping many schools and businesses shuttered. Meanwhile, residents driven

Retired Illinois Teachers Sue to Stop Pension Reform

Retired Illinois Teachers Sue to Stop Pension Reform

No state has a worse public pension crisis than Illinois and for years lawmakers have found it impossible to agree upon what to do about it all. This legislative session some agreements were finally hammered out to address the crisis.

Chicago Bears Retire Mike Ditka's Number

Chicago Bears Retire Mike Ditka's Number

(AP) Bears retire Mike Ditka’s numberBy ANDREW SEILGMANAP Sports WriterCHICAGOIt was Mike Ditka’s day in Illinois _ and his night at Soldier Field. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office said Monday that he’s declared it “Mike Ditka Day” in honor of the

WSJ: Illinois Pension Reform is 'Quarter-Baked'

WSJ: Illinois Pension Reform is 'Quarter-Baked'

The Wall Street Journal has lambasted the recent bipartisan deal in the Illinois state legislature to tackle the state’s enormous pension problem, one of the worst in the nation. The Journal cites several problems with the deal, including the fact that only 5%

Illinois Lawmakers Reach Pension Reform Deal

Illinois Lawmakers Reach Pension Reform Deal

Illinois lawmakers in the Democrat-dominated state legislature have adopted a pension reform plan based on Republican ideas, after years of dithering and delay.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the deal will raise the retirement age for state employees, trim cost-of-living

San Francisco Archbishop Joins Pope Francis in Defending Marriage, Family

San Francisco Archbishop Joins Pope Francis in Defending Marriage, Family

The archbishop of San Francisco has reminded Catholics that, when archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis fought to oppose the redefinition of marriage to accommodate same-sex couples. According to the National Catholic Register, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who is chairman of

Illinois Governor to Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill on Lincoln's Desk

Illinois Governor to Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill on Lincoln's Desk

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has decided he wants to sign the state bill allowing same-sex marriage on a desk that belonged to Abraham Lincoln.  The desk itself isn’t in Springfield, the state capital. It’s in Chicago, but Quinn is having

Illinois Bishop Plans Same-Sex Marriage Exorcism

Illinois Bishop Plans Same-Sex Marriage Exorcism

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 15 (UPI) — The Catholic bishop of Springfield, Ill., claiming same-sex marriage is the work of the devil, says he will perform an exorcism ceremony next week. The exorcism by Bishop Thomas Paprocki at the Cathedral of

Illinois Lawmakers Vote to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

Illinois Lawmakers Vote to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

By SOPHIA TAREEN and KERRY LESTERAssociated PressSPRINGFIELD, Ill.Illinois is set to become the 15th state and largest in the heartland to allow same-sex couples to marry. State senators approved technical changes Tuesday to a measure legalizing gay weddings, shortly after

Bill Daley Drops Out of Illinois Governor's Race

Claiming to not be certain if he’s up to running for office, let alone serving if he were to win, Bill Daley has dropped out of the race for Illinois Governor. Daley had been running to challenge fellow Democrat and

Rahm's Chicago: $1 Billion Financial Shortfall Forecast by 2015

Rahm's Chicago: $1 Billion Financial Shortfall Forecast by 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the city’s second Annual Financial Forecast on Wednesday. Not only does the report predict a $369 million financial shortfall for the city’s operating “budget” in 2014, but it also predicts a shortfall of more than

Rahm Trying to Circumvent New IL Concealed Carry Law in Chicago

Rahm Trying to Circumvent New IL Concealed Carry Law in Chicago

Even before Governor Pat Quinn (D) tried to use his “amendatory veto power” to weaken the concealed carry law soon to go into effect throughout Illinois, Mayor Rahm Emanuel had been working behind the scenes to make lawfully carrying a

Governor Quinn Suspends Illinois Lawmakers' Pay

Governor Quinn Suspends Illinois Lawmakers' Pay

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) issued a line item veto of House Bill 214 today, suspending lawmakers’ pay in Springfield, for failing to pass pension reform.  Quinn has recently come under fire from top Illinois Democrats, including his 2014 challenger

Chicago Mayor Calls Special Session on Gun Ordinances

Chicago Mayor Calls Special Session on Gun Ordinances

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will call a special session on gun ordinances intended to safeguard school children and update an assault weapons ban. The city faces a deadline set in a gun control

Illinois House Votes to Override Quinn's Conceal Carry Veto

Illinois House Votes to Override Quinn's Conceal Carry Veto

The Illinois House has voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto to HB 183, a law passed by both houses in May, which would give Illinois residents their constitutional right to carry a concealed firearm. The override to Quinn’s