Tag: Governor Quinn

News Roundup: Measure to extend jobless benefits fails to pass the House vote.

While Illinois unemployment rate crept down last month, the state remains plagued by unemployment in the country’s tepid economic recovery. While the federal unemployment benefits are set to run out over the holiday season, a measure to extend the benefits failed to pass with the two-thirds majority required by the tactic used to bring the... Read more »

News Roundup: McDonald's considers health care insurance cuts for hourly workers

Nearly 30,000 McDonald’s wage workers may lose their insurance benefits if federal regulators do not agree to waive a provision of the new heath care legislation. The stipulation under question forces companies that offer “mini-med” insurance plans to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical costs. In a memo to federal regulators, the... Read more »

Illinois extends jobs for 26,000, but thousands more Americans could get pink slips

For many Americans, today is a sad day. For 240,000 people, it might just be their last day on the job. Why?  They’re employed through the TANF emergency fund – a government subsidized jobs program that’s put 26,000 people to work in our state. Governor Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that he’ll use state funding to... Read more »

Nursing home reform legislation signed

“This is historic legislation,” Gov. Pat Quinn declared before signing into law a major nursing home reform bill Thursday at the James R. Thompson Center. Among the law’s key provisions: an increase during the next four years in the requirement of daily skilled care per resident from 2.5 hours to 3.8 hours. In its July/August... Read more »

Will Burge torture survivors get a fair trial?

Prosecutors are hoping to wrap up former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s trial by week’s end. But even a conviction on obstruction of justice charges isn’t likely to bring much closure, particularly for his alleged victims. Decades after allegations surfaced that Burge and his officers resorted to electric shocks, beatings and suffocation to elicit confessions,... Read more »