SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 9. This week’s action by the General Assembly is in addition to the potential $311 million rate hike ComEd recently proposed to the Illinois Commerce Commission:
“Today’s unfortunate vote forces electric utility rate hikes on families and businesses all across Illinois.
“I am disappointed that the General Assembly did not protect consumers from overreaching by utility monopolies like ComEd and Ameren. This is bad for families, businesses and our economy.
CHICAGO – November 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today launched an Internet grassroots campaign to increase public awareness about the need for pension reform in Illinois. Relaying a message from the next generation to today’s leaders, the "Thanks in Advance" public awareness campaign is designed to educate citizens about the "squeeze" caused by skyrocketing pension costs, and activate them to advocate for pension reform using tech tools like Facebook, Twitter and email.
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SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today praised American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 members’ final ratification of a new union contract covering approximately 35,000 state employees. Negotiations took more than 15 months and the agreement received final ratification by AFSCME members in a vote that concluded yesterday. The agreement is part of the governor’s agenda to restore fiscal stability to Illinois.
SAUGET – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that FedEx Corporation will invest $23.5 million to build a new Fedex Ground distribution center in Sauget, Illinois which will create 175 full-time and permanent part-time jobs for local workers. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive the Illinois economy forward. Illinois’ transportation network, world-class infrastructure and highly skilled workforce were key factors in the company’s decision to build in Sauget.
OAK PARK - Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $15.3 million investment in local park projects across Illinois, including $6.4 million for projects in Cook and DuPage Counties. As part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that no child is left inside, the projects are funded through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD). The initiative is designed to expand outdoor recreation and open space in communities across Illinois.
The Governor’s Office is joining with members of the General Assembly, state agency representatives, parents, school administrators, teachers, labor unions and advocacy groups to examine governance, funding and other issues associated with the education options for blind and/or deaf students.
The Governor's Office is joining with the Office of the Comptroller, the Office of Management & Budget, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Revenue and the Department of Corrections to begin the process of modernizing the State's Financial Accounting Systems.