Tag Archives: Gov. Quinn

Some support Quinn’s facility closing plan, kinda

September 9, 2011

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By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Statehouse News September 9, 2011 SPRINGFIELD —  Advocates and lawmakers could support Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close five mental health and developmental disability centers. But only if he does it properly. Quinn on Thursday proposed closing the Tinley Park in Tinley Park; the H. Douglas Singer Mental Health Center […]

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Quinn layoffs, closings aimed at pressuring lawmakers for more money

September 9, 2011

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By Monique Garcia and Ray Long, Tribune reporters September 9, 2011 Gov. Pat Quinn took his first steps toward mass layoffs and state facility closings Thursday, budget-cutting moves designed to raise the pressure on lawmakers before they return to the Capitol next month. The Democratic governor warned that unless lawmakers approve more money, he’ll send […]

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DHS Celebrates 21st Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

July 8, 2011

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Illinois Government News Network | Press Release DHS | July 8, 2011 Illinois Department of Human Services Celebrates 21st Anniversary of Historic Americans With Disabilities Act Governor to proclaim July 14 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day CHICAGO – In honor of the 21st anniversary of the historic signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

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New Law Helps Protect Special Needs Illinois Residents

July 6, 2011

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Illinois Government News Network – July 6, 2011n – VIDEO ELMHURST – July 6, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will improve the safety and security of Illinois residents with cognitive-impairment, disabilities, and special needs. House Bill 1610 allows for the use of remotely-activated bracelet technology to contact emergency services during a missing […]

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Editorial: Can’t pretend Illinois budget cuts won’t hurt needy

July 1, 2011

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Chicago Sun Times – www.SunTimes.com – Editorials July 1, 2011 No one would confuse Illinois with austere Greece, but signs are afoot that our state government is finally learning to live within its means. Just hours before the new fiscal year began Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state budget, a lean spending plan that […]

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Waiting for a Check from Illinois? Get in Line

June 30, 2011

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Bloomberg Businessweek | www.businessweek.com | Tim Jones and Melissa Silverberg | June 30, 2011 In Illinois, you’re never too big or too small to get stiffed by the man. The strapped state government, awash in debt, is now $4 billion behind in paying its bills. At least 8,000 businesses, charities, and state agencies have been […]

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Critical time in our state

June 26, 2011

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www.NWHerald.com | Northwest Herald | June 26, 2011 | Editor For years, spending excesses by and general mismanagement within Illinois state government have hurt real people. Multibillion dollar budget deficits have resulted in a government debt so large that it’s become common practice for the state to push off paying its bills by more than […]

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Wrangling over state budget may not be over

June 26, 2011

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www.pantagraph.com | June 26, 2011 | by Kurt Erickson SPRINGFIELD — Depending on whom you ask, the new state spending plan either spends too much, spends too little or is just right. Call it the “Goldilocks budget.” As lawmakers departed the Capitol Wednesday after returning for a few hours to ensure dollars for the state’s […]

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Illinois GOP representatives face difficult choices on slashing funds for DHS

June 3, 2011

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June 3, 2011 – examiner.com By Ellen Cannon Homeland Security funding legislation was hotly debated in the House of Representatives on June 1 and June 2. With Republicans holding a majority in the House of Representatives the debate centered on the recommendations of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill to decrease $1.1 billion, or 2.6%, for 2012, […]

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What Qualifies As “Disabled” in Illinois?

May 25, 2011

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eHow Health – www.ehow.com – by Nico Riley – May 25, 2011? Disabilities affect a person’s daily functions and ability for independent living. In Illinois, a disabled person refers to someone who is expected to be subject to physical, developmental, visual, hearing or mental challenges indefinitely. Disabled individuals may qualify to receive Social Security benefits […]

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Unkindest cuts

May 22, 2011

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Chicago Tribune Editorial – May 23, 2011 Even with a tax increase, Illinois is broke, owes billions of dollars and needs to make deep budget cuts. Practically everyone who depends on the state will take a hit. There will be pain. By making smart cuts, however, the state can avoid unnecessary pain. Unfortunately, Gov. Pat […]

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Our Opinion: State plan to help disabled is backward

May 22, 2011

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The State Star Journal-Register – May 22, 2011 – www.sj-r.com Last fall, Gov. Pat Quinn negotiated a deal with the state’s largest public employee union: In exchange for AFSCME members accepting $70 million in health insurance concessions and working with the state to find up to $50 million in additional savings, Quinn pledged no layoffs […]

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Illinois Group Home Abuse

May 20, 2011

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Chicago Tribune – ChicagoTribune.com – Carla K Johnson – AP Medical Writer – May 20, 2011 CHICAGO— One group home worker viciously cursed the disabled adults in her care when they didn’t wash dishes to her satisfaction. Another dragged a disabled man by his ankles as he screamed in pain. Workers at another facility didn’t […]

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Tough choices drive human services cuts

May 20, 2011

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Foxillinois.com – Springfield – Decatur – Champaign – Illinois Statehouse news – Diane S.W. Lee – May 20, 2011 SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar may have different political views, but Quinn is dealing with a similar, but bigger, challenge than Edgar tackled during his tenure as governor. Edgar […]

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Illinois lawmakers find room in budget for raises

May 17, 2011

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WLS Radio – 5/17/2011 CHICAGO (WLS) – At the same time Illinois’ top lawmakers work to cut spending, some in Springfield are giving themselves a pat on the back. The Illinois Statehouse News reports that the Senate Executive Committee passed an amendment to Senate Bill 260 on Monday which would give pay raises as high as […]

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Illinois budget will shape or limit service agencies

May 17, 2011

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Doug Wilson Senior Writer – Quincy Herald-Whig  – Whig.com May 17, 2011 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Budget battles that are looming between the Illinois House and Senate will make a big difference at Quincy’s Madonna House. “The House version would cut 52 percent — about $28,500” from an emergency and transitional housing program that serves women […]

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