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Gov. Pat Quinn (center) talks about Tonya Gunn, who was killed by gun violence, as U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (right) Tonya's daughter Destiny Fields, 11, (left) and Tonya's mother Sandra Gunn (left center) listen during a news conference earlier this month. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Despite troubled program, Quinn has supported underdogs

 

Ethics watchdog asks for voice in Quinn political hiring lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD — State Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza Thursday asked Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to file legal paperwork to enable him to be heard in a federal lawsuit seeking a court-appointed monitor to delve into alleged political hiring improprieties under Gov. Pat Quinn in the state transportation department.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Rev. Michael Pfleger led a weekly peace walk in the streets around Saint Sabina earlier this month. File Photo. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Quinn opens up new Rauner attack — on assault weapons

Gov. Pat Quinn opened up a new line of attack against his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner -- focusing on Rauner's support for military-style "assault" weapons. Quinn is seizing on the issue now as Cook County approved a ballot measure asking voters whether the military-style weapons should be banned and about universal background checks.

 

Gov. Pat Quinn (center) talks about Tonya Gunn, who was killed by gun violence, as U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (right) Tonya's daughter Destiny Fields, 11, (left) and Tonya's mother Sandra Gunn (left center) listen during a news conference earlier this month. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Despite troubled program, Quinn has supported underdogs

Gov. Pat Quinn’s compassion is his saving grace. For months, Quinn has been getting pummeled by the press because of the problems uncovered in his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. The initiative was supposed to help struggling communities provide safety nets for its youth, but is now being characterized as a “political slush fund,” and a “get-out-the-vote” effort.  Only a few clergy, one of them the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina, have rallied to the governor’s side. 

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Marty Hickman speaks with reporters before testifying at a House committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman.)

BGA lawsuit aims to lift veil on IHSA finances

The not-for-profit group that oversees high school sports in Illinois should be subject to state open-records law because it “performs a governmental function” and generates income “from events involving predominantly public schools,” a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Better Government Association contends. The government watchdog group’s case, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, aims to force the Illinois High School Association to disclose details about its sponsorship deals, vendors, pension expenses and other aspects of its $11-million-a-year budget.

Gov. Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers, speaks during a signing ceremony in Chicago on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 for an approximately $1 billion capital spending plan intended to create jobs and help repair Illinois roads and bridges after a harsh winter. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Bond-rating agency shifts state financial outlook to negative

SPRINGFIELD-A top Wall Street bond-rating agency Wednesday raised the prospect of a downgrade on state bonds because of concerns over the newly implemented state budget and a recent court ruling on retiree health benefits.

State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka attends an Equality Illinois event at JW Marriott Chicago last month. | File Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Topinka has more cash; Simon spends more in Comptroller race

Even though Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has more cash in her campaign warchest than opponent Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Simon is a bigger spender according to the most recent campaign finance reports.

Emails from Gov. Pat Quinn’s former top aides recount how Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, a Maywood Democrat who had been the suburb’s state representative, approached Quinn’s administration in January 2011 to oppose giving NRI funding to a longtime social service provider in Maywood. | File photo

Internal Quinn emails: Suburban mayoral jockeying shaped NRI move

Newly released emails from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office show politics appeared to trump credentials when deciding how big a serving some nonprofits should get from his now-tarnished $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program. Emails from Quinn’s former top aides recount how Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, a Maywood Democrat who had been the suburb’s state representative, approached Quinn’s administration in January 2011 to oppose giving NRI funding to a longtime social service provider in Maywood.

Court orders term limit filings by mid-August

The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court put the term limits question on the fast-track after the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the issue. The appeals court ordered up a complete briefing schedule to be completed by mid-August.

 
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