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Quinn, Rauner Debate Income Tax Increase
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 AM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are debating whether to keep Illinois' income tax increase in place. The tax increase Democrats approved in 2011 is set to drop from 5 percent to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1. Quinn wants to make the current rate permanent. He says it's necessary to avoid "savage'' cuts to schools. Rauner wants to reduce the tax rate ...
Quinn, Bill Clinton to Visit Chicago Next Week
Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:51 PM
Illinois governor Pat Quinn says former President Bill Clinton is coming to Illinois next week. Quinn is a Chicago Democrat facing a re-election challenge from Republican Bruce Rauner of Winnetka. It's a hotly-contested race, and several high-profile leaders from both parties have visited Illinois. Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie has traveled to ...
Kirk Wants Travel Ban From Ebola-Affected Nations
Friday, October 17, 2014 6:23 PM
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has joined other Republicans in calling for a travel and visa ban on those attempting to travel to the U.S. from three Ebola-affected countries in Africa. Kirk contends the public isn't confident that the Centers for Disease Control is ahead of the Ebola threat. The disease has killed more than 4,500 people in Africa. Three cases have been reported in the ...
Ebola Screening Starts at Chicago's O'Hare Airport
Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:33 PM
Screening for the Ebola virus is to begin at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Customs and health officials at O'Hare will take the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries starting Thursday. Federal health officials say the entry screenings add another layer of protection to halt the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands. Screeners will use no-touch ...
Quinn, Crime Victims Push Assault Weapons Ban
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn is drawing on support from families of gun violence victims in his push for n assault weapons ban in his re-election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner. The Chicago Democrat appeared Wednesday with Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter was killed in the 2012 theater shootings in Colorado. Families from Illinois also spoke, including the mother of slain Chicago ...
Illinois to Set Up Ebola Hotline
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:44 PM
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck Wednesday announced plans to set up a hotline to answer questions the public may have about Ebola. Hasbrouck said in a press release that although nobody in Illinois is under investigation for suspected Ebola, he understands that there is concern and people have many questions. IDPH will be setting up a hotline to help ...
Quinn, Rauner Debate Illinois Minimum Wage Hike
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:00 AM
The candidates for governor are disagreeing over how and when Illinois' minimum wage should be increased. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said during a debate Tuesday he wants to raise the wage from $8.25 to $10 per hour by Jan. 1. Republican Bruce Rauner says Quinn has had six years in office and a Democrat-controlled Legislature and could have increased the wage if he wanted to. ...
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