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Quinn to sign bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois

July 26, 2013
Chicago Tribune

By Monique Garcia Clout Street

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign a measure into law Saturday that will make Illinois the 18th state to allow voters to register online.

Supporters say the move could increase turnout at the polls and cut down on paperwork costs, while critics question the security of an online registration system and say there is a potential for fraud in a state where Chicagoans have been known to vote from beyond the grave.

In fundraising race, Lisa Madigan outpaces Quinn

April 16, 2013
Northwest Herald

SPRINGFIELD – Considering how she dismantled her opponents in the last two elections, three-term Attorney General Lisa Madigan's impressive fundraising in the first three months of this year suggests she's looking to broaden her horizons – with, for example, a bid for governor in 2014.

Madigan reported raising $831,000 in the first quarter of 2013, eclipsing what she raised in all of last year and in the first six months of 2009, when she was last gearing up for a statewide race....

Quinn’s ethics proposal raises questions

February 7, 2013
State Journal Register

The Associated Press

The idea seems simple enough: Ban Illinois lawmakers from voting or taking action on anything that might benefit them personally, all in the name of honest government.

Report: Ill. prison hire had clout, not experience

January 30, 2013
Associated Press


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) The Illinois Department of Corrections filled a high-ranking prison administrator's position with a man who had political clout but whose qualifications fell far short of the agency's own job-description requirements, a state investigation has found.

Senate panel could endorse ban on casino contributions

November 28, 2012
the Quad City Times

•  Kurt Erickson

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s effort to stop casino owners from giving money to politicians could get a boost from a legislative panel on Wednesday.

Members of the Senate Executive Committee are scheduled to debate legislation to impose a campaign contribution ban on casino and horse track owners as part of a larger package of reforms designed to bring Quinn on board with a plan to add five casinos to the state’s fleet of 10.

Quinn pick becomes chief of sports facilities agency

November 2, 2012
The Chicago Tribune

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Quinn spokeswoman approved as sports authority director

November 1, 2012
The Chicago Tribune

Last year, Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel separately pledged to protect taxpayers by turning around the public agency that owns and operates U.S. Cellular Field.

But if there was agreement on the need to reform the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, it unraveled over the question of who should lead such efforts as executive director. The two men sparred for more than a month, and on Thursday — with neither side backing down — Quinn prevailed quickly and unexpectedly.

If they can't beat the Super PACs, Democrats decide to join them.

July 12, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Good things can come in strange packages, and that was the case this month in Illinois, where Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signed a law that will allow state candidates to receive unlimited campaign contributions if they face a significant challenge mounted by out

Quinn OKs change in campaign finance law

July 6, 2012
State Journal-Register

Just two years after signing a bill limiting the amount of money candidates can receive from individuals, unions, corpora