Paul Vallas, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, talks with Progress Illinois about important issues at stake in the November gubernatorial election and his priorities for the lieutenant governor's office if elected.
Faced with a crucial mid-term election where Republicans are seeking to reclaim the governor's mansion, Illinois Democrats used an annual party gathering Wednesday to provide an early look at their strategy for victory this fall.
Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon urged Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to release his complete 2013 income tax records during a press conference Monday morning.
"Today I am calling on candidate Bruce Rauner to make full disclosure of all the schedules that go with his taxes and his 2013 tax returns," Simon said in Chicago's Grant Park. "Being engaged in public politics and governance requires a sacrifice of some privacy, but it's a small sacrifice, and it's worth it because transparency builds trust. This is not a 'gotcha.' This is governing. Let's do it right."
All eyes are on Springfield Tuesday as state lawmakers are expected to take another shot at approving legislation that addresses Illinois' $100 billion in pension debt, which is the worst in the nation. Progress Illinois takes a look at the proposal and includes some of the reaction about the plan thus far.
The controversial pension reform bill has passed through committee and is now in the state House and Senate as lawmakers prepare to push through a 325-page bill that will overhaul the retirement benefits plan for thousands of public employees.
The following op-ed is byBrooke Anderson, Press Secretary to Governor Pat Quinn.
Nobody is more committed to improving life for working families than
Governor Quinn. Some of your readers will recall that back in 1993,
Governor Quinn was among the few elected officials to stand
with organized labor in opposing NAFTA. For three decades,
he advocated for a humane minimum wage and workers’ rights. He has
joined union brothers and sisters on more picket lines than any Illinois
Governor in memory, dating back to his meeting César Chávez in the
1970s. Governor Quinn organized the Citizens Utility Board – along with
groups like the Labor Coalition for Public Utilities – which has saved
Illinois consumers $10 billion in utility rate reductions and refunds
Since he became governor, jobs have been Governor
Quinn’s number one priority. And his efforts have produced solid results
for the working people of Illinois.