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Latest Pat Quinn Items
Some Illinois Democratic lawmakers reluctant to vote to make tax increases permanent are splitting with party leaders and calling for alternative approaches such as gradually reducing income tax rates or finding spending cuts to help balance the budget.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn tried Monday to persuade House Democrats to extend the state's temporary income tax increase to avoid what he says would be "savage" budget cuts, but emerged from a roughly three-hour meeting with lawmakers still well short of the votes he needs for approval.
A proposal to give Illinois homeowners a $500 property tax refund has been introduced in the General Assembly.
A former top aide to Gov. Pat Quinn is now working as a lobbyist for a group representing casino owners and a company hoping to get into the medical marijuana business, raising eyebrows among some who want to strengthen the state's so-called revolving door ban.
Gov. Pat Quinn is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block a proposal to dump toxic waste at a landfill located above an aquifer.
A spending plan the Illinois House approved this week includes more money for schools, veterans' homes and prisons.
The temporary income tax hike Illinois lawmakers are considering extending is costing the typical taxpayer about $1,100 more this year, according to calculations by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
An outspoken Democrat legislator wants Gov. Pat Quinn to terminate its contract with the private operator of the Illinois Lottery.
Gov. Pat Quinn won't say how he wants lawmakers to move forward with approving a budget that relies on revenue from the expiring income tax increase.