Friday, February 8, 2013
What are the top issues affecting Illinois today? What would you like to see fixed in the coming year? Do you think Quinn chose the right priorities to highlight during his State of the State speech? Do you think he should be re-elected in 2014?
Following Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address, Patch asked readers what they think the top issues affecting Illinois are. What needs to be fixed? Do you agree with the governor's priorities? Here are some of the responses we received. Some comments have been edited for length, grammar and clarity: "TERM LIMITS. Enough said." "[In light of Quinn's proposal to raise minimum wage to $10/hour] Yep, the politicians are certainly expert enough to tell private business how to run their operations since we all know how well the state runs it's business." "We already have term limits - 2 terms only. One in office, one in the Federal Lockup. What we need is a governor who has a higher IQ than his shoe size. Quinn is a Space Cadet, not…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
ShakeOut is a nine-state emergency readiness drill on Feb. 7.
Tuesday, February 5
Governor Pat Quinn today called on every Illinois resident, school and business to particpate in what's being called the "largest earthquake drill in the history of the Midwest" on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 10:15 a.m. The third annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is a nine-state emergency preparedness drill designed to encourage residents to think about what to do before, during and after an earthquake. Participants can register for the drill online at www.shakeout.org/centralus and will receive valuable tips and information about earthquke preparedness. More than 410,000 Illinois residents are already registered for the drill, which will highlight Earthquake Preparedness Month in illinois. "It only takes a minute to register online in the …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Gov. Pat Quinn has propose to more than double the tax on a pack of cigarettes.
Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 in an effort to reduce a $2.7 billion deficit in the Medicaid program, the State Journal Register reported. The cigarette tax would generate about $675 million in revenue. The state's current cigarette tax is 96 cents; Quinn's proposal would more than double it. Aside from raising revenue for a health care program, the thinking goes that such sin taxes are more acceptable because people shouldn't be smoking anyway. Smoking causes about 443,000 deaths a year in the United States, or about one in five of the nation's deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And smoking contributes to yearly health care costs to tune of about $96 billion. But not …