Pat Quinn (Politician)

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    October 3, 2014

    Little Girl Puts Together Cookbook of Governors' Favorite Recipes, Jay Nixon's Is Missing

    In the most adorable school project ever, ten-year-old Lauren Wu of San Carlos, California, decided to create a cookbook with the favorite recipes of all 50 U.S. governors. Not everybody responded, but she put together a book of 26 recipes. One state missing? Our own Missouri. See also: From Michae ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Same-Sex Marriage Comes Early to Illinois

    Madison and St. Clair counties, both just across the river from St. Louis, are allowing same-sex couples to marry three months ahead of schedule.

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    November 21, 2013

    Illinois Makes Same-Sex Marriage Official, Businesses Prepare for Wedding Boom

    Missouri's neighbor Illinois officially became the sixteenth state to approve same-sex marriage on Wednesday, when Governor Pat Quinn signed the historic bill into law. The new rules won't go into effect until June 1, giving gay couples time, as Democratic Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon put it, " ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

    The Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve gay marriage Tuesday, making it the fourteenth state (plus Washington D.C.) to expand marriage rights. Two other Midwestern states -- Iowa and Minnesota -- have also legalized gay marriage, but legal gay marriage in Illinois means much shorter ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013
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    August 2, 2013

    Illinois Gov. Signs Medical Marijuana Bill: Will Law Boost Pot Reform Efforts in Missouri?

    This week, Illinois became the twentieth state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana -- and advocates in Missouri say it can only help boost reform efforts here. "It's definitely becoming a mainstream issue and the momentum is clearly picking up," John Payne, executive director of statewide ad ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Illinois Concealed Carry: State Ends Ban, Passes Law Rejecting Governor's Gun Control Ideas

    Across the river from St. Louis, licensed citizens will soon be allowed to carry guns -- after lawmakers in Illinois yesterday officially tossed out the last ban in the nation on concealed carry. Notably, the legislature passed Illinois' new concealed-carry law without Governor Jay Quinn's suggest ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Concealed-Carry: Illinois Gov. Wants Stricter Gun Law, Aligns With East St. Louis Mayor

    Today, there was a major development in the long, drawn-out battle of concealed-carry laws in Illinois, which is the only state in the country that still has a ban on firearms in public. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced today that he is working to rewrite the approved legislation on his desk to ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Illinois Attorney General Seeks Another Delay From Supreme Court In Concealed-Carry Case

    Illinois is the only state in the country that has a ban on concealed-carry and though a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the law unconstitutional, the fight continues to drag on. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, has requested a second extension, on view below, that would g ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    East St. Louis Mayor On Concealed Carry Law: "More Guns...On The Street Is Not The Answer"

    East St. Louis, Illinois, mayor Alvin Parks says he is not in favor of having more guns on the street -- but pretty soon, he won't have a choice. Illinois is on its way to adopting a concealed-carry law, which means it will no longer be the only state in the country with a ban on firearms in publi ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Concealed-Carry Now Legal In Illinois? Madison County's Top Prosecutor Tom Gibbons Says Yes

    Is it legal to carry guns in public in Illinois? Depends on whom you ask. Illinois is the only state in the country that has maintained a ban on concealed-carry, but across the river from St. Louis, the top prosecutor in Madison County now says that -- effective immediately -- citizens can carry c ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Stan Musial Bridge: Governor Jay Nixon Pressures Pat Quinn With Press Release

    The death of Stan Musial is one of those rare occasions that prompts elected officials from across the state to send out press releases with virtually the same message -- one of praise and gratitude for the late Cardinal and Missouri icon. The latest incarnation of press-releases-honoring-Musial is ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    [UPDATE] Will Illinois Legalize Gay Marriage During This Week's Lame Duck Session?

    Update January 3, 2:15 p.m.: The same-sex marriage bill will not be heard by the state senate until next week, Illinois Senate Democrats said in a statement this afternoon. Several senators whose "yay" votes are considered necessary for the bill to pass are currently away from Springfield due to fam ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Protestors Say They'll Stop Construction of Mississippi River Bridge

    Mississippi River Bridge stirs controversy.​Work on the new $700 million Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis could come to a halt next week. East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks and the Metro-East Black Contractors Organization announced their plans for a protest on Friday, September ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Roadkill Aficionados Lose Fight in Illinois

    ​Illinois Governor Pat Quinn yesterday vetoed a bill that would allow people to collect roadkill from state roadways and use the carcasses for fur or food. The bill (HB3178), which passed the General Assembly in May, would have allowed people with a license to trap or hunt fur-bearing mammals in t ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Christopher Coleman Found Guilty; Jury To Consider Death Penalty Today

    Coleman will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.​If you're among the 13 percent of Daily RFT readers who predicted it would take two days for the jury to reach its verdict on Christopher Coleman, congratulations. You should apply for a legal analysis job with truTV. After deliberating sin ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Nixon Wants Florida's Sloppy Seconds

    Kansas City Here I Come?​The Cardinals are scheduled to square off against the Royals in an interleague series beginning May 2 in Kansas City. Warning to all fans traveling by train: The tracks ain't exactly in perfect shape, and the schedule isn't always reliable. At least that's what Gov. J ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Construction on High-Speed Rail Between St. Louis and Chicago Continues​This afternoon in Chicago, Illinois heavyweights and railway folks are going to announce a second round of funding for a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and the Windy City.Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill) and Illinois governor Pat Quinn will announce the new infusion of cash on ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    "King Zeus" Pleads Guilty to Rape and Murder of Alton Grandmother

    Image ViaSandra Wood​Perry Henderson, a convicted felon who refers to himself as "King Zeus," pleaded guilty yesterday to the tragic rape and murder of 73-year-old Sandra Wood this past December. Wood, a retired educator and active environmental and political volunteer, was alone in her Alton home ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Illinois Abolishes Death Penalty = Chris Coleman Staying Earthbound For Now

    New law could spare Chris Coleman's life.​Illinois Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed a bill permanently abolishing the death penalty in his state and commuting the sentences of all thirteen people currently on death row. They now face life in prison without the possibility of parole.The new Illi ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Same-Sex Unions Now Law of the Land of Lincoln

    ​As expected, Illinois governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed off on a bill legalizing civil unions in that state.Two month ago, the measure passed in both houses."We believe in civil rights, and we believe in civil unions," Quinn said at a signing ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center. "We believe ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Illinois Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

    ​Today in Illinois, both houses of the state legislature approved a bill granting civil unions to same-sex couples. Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law, as he said he would support the unions while campaigning.The bill says that a civil union, expressly stated as between "two ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    On November 2, Cast Your Vote for Rich Whitey

    image viaHe may be melanin-impaired, but he still prefers to be known as Whitney, not Whitey.​Uh, sorry, that's Rich Whitney, the Green Party's candidate for governor of Illinois. Unfortunately, his last name is showing up as "Whitey" on electronic voting machines in 23 Chicago wards, about ha ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    East St. Louis: The Future Home of the Rams?

    stlelsewhere.blogspot.comAdmit it. This view could use improvement.​That's what Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn suggested during a stop in Granite City. Speaking to KMOX, the governor said of metro East residents: "The way they support the Cardinals baseball team is a good indicator in how strong of a fan ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    The Onion Goes Deep Inside Illinois

    Image sourceSpotted on Blago's ride?​Illinois is on the verge of bankruptcy. The state has essentially stopped paying its bills and has a budget deficit of about $12 billion. Lawmakers have had no ideas to make ends meet. At least until now. In their most recent issue, The Onion reports that offic ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Illinois Law Aims to Unite Farmers with Schools and the Poor

    Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed into law legislation to create a database for farmers to connect with schools and low income residents.. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The Farm-to-School database will create an electronic database on the state Department of Agriculture Web site that allows s ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Illinois Cyclists Now Officially Protected by Law

    Image source​If, while driving in the state of Illinois, you have felt an uncontrollable urge to mow down a cyclist who insists upon taking up an entire lane on a busy street, slowing traffic to a crawl and just when you have someplace important to go, control thyself. A new law, signed yester ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Goes Up In Smoke

    Image sourceRIP Compassionate Use of Medicinal Cannabis Pilot Program Act​"Illinois House lawmakers will likely not pass the dutchie until next legislative session."That's lede from an NBC Chicago story today on medical marijuana in the Land of Lincoln about the imminent demise of the Compassionat ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Hot Thumbs: Illinois Lawmakers Loosen Teen Sexting Laws

    Image viaThe phone of an Illinois lawmaker or an Illinois teenager?​Under current Illinois law, if a sixteen-year-old girl takes a revealing picture of herself with her cell phone camera and sends the pic to her seventeen-year-old boyfriend, it's possible that both of them could be arrested and ch ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Fairmount Park Fiasco May Get Entire Illinois Racing Board Fired

    Image viaThe Illinois Racing Board is the stick figure​The Illinois House of Representatives voted yesterday to fire every member of the Illinois Racing Board for the agency's handling of a labor dispute earlier this year at Fairmount Park.The bill, HB 5064, passed 89-24 and is sponsored by Rep. J ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Feds Fork Over $78.5 Million To Keep Asian Carp Out of The Great Lakes

    Image ViaKanye does not put Asian Carp in his mouth.​Lawmakers from across the upper Midwest are still carping all over each other. This time, however, they're arguing about how effective $78.5 million in (mostly) federal funds will be in keeping invasive Asian Carp out of Lake Michigan.Just a few ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    What to Watch for in Today's Illinois Primary

    The contest between Gov. Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes has grown increasingly acrimonious.Another dark blue state is in play today, coming on the heels of last month's Democratic disaster in Massachusetts, a special election that probably still has Ted Kennedy turning in his grave. ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Midwest Lawmakers Carp All Over Each Other In Invasive Species Fight

    Anyone who's ever cruised the Mississippi River in an metal-hulled boat is familiar with asian carp. They are the big smelly silver fish that leap from the water, sometimes landing in the boat or slapping the occasional angler (or worse, water skier) in the face. Like so:Image ViaA slimy asian carp, ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    About Those Terrorists Moving In Next Door

    So you may have heard that Missouri will soon be getting some new neighbors. Yesterday, Illinois governor Pat Quinn received a letter from President Obama informing him that the terrorism suspects currently detained in Guantanamo Bay will be moved to a largely unused prison in Thomson Illinois, a fe ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    The Future of Fairmount Park Looks Like a Long Shot These Days

    Photo: Chad GarrisonOpening Day at Fairmount Park this past April​It's been a rough summer for Fairmount Park, the venerable and decrepit horse track in Illinois. The windfall it expected to receive this summer from a tax on casinos is tied up in appeal. And it's looking as though the track will n ... More >>