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Peters, Quinn talk money, state budget

By Jessica Sabbah | February 16, 2011

NIU President John Peters discussed Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012 and its potential impact on the university at the University Council meeting Wednesday. Quinn presented the $52.7 billion budget Wednesday that included increasing...

Quinn will present 2012 budget, NIU hopes to be addressed

By Meaghen Harms | February 15, 2011

DeKALB | Governor Pat Quinn will present his budget for the 2012 fiscal year today. The center of the governor's plan to pay the state's bills is expected to be a new borrowing plan. "Many are anticipating that the governor will want to sell bonds to...

Illinois needs to eliminate the death penalty

By Nathan Fulkerson | February 14, 2011

It is time we issued the death penalty a death sentence of its own. Illinois politicians have proposed and passed a bill that does exactly that, which only needs Gov. Pat Quinn's signature to abolish the penalty under state law. The bill has raised considerable...

Too close to call: Brady, Quinn neck-and-neck for Gov. seat early Wednesday morning

By Deanna Bellandi | November 3, 2010

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn clung to an extremely thin margin over Republican challenger Bill Brady early Wednesday as voters in the state and around the country tossed Democrats out of office in a GOP wave. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Quinn and...

Editorial: Bill Brady for governor of Illinois

By Editorial Board | October 31, 2010

The Northern Star Editorial Board has decided to endorse Ill. State Senator Bill Brady for this Tuesday's governor's race. Illinois has long had a problem with governmental corruption. Two of our last three governors - George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich...

Election 2010: Govornor Candidate profiles

Election 2010: Govornor Candidate profiles

By David Matz and Jack Baker | October 27, 2010

Name: Pat Quinn Hometown: Hinsdale Political Affiliation: Democratic Party Platform: Jobs and economic growth Pat Quinn's plan for recovering jobs is based on public and private investments. He hopes to increase the number of jobs through tax credits,...

DeKalb School District to receive state funding for updates, expansions

By Allyson Martin | October 24, 2010

With Election Day closing in, the DeKalb School District and other Illinois districts will receive state funding for building updates and expansions. An Oct. 20 press release from Governor Pat Quinn revealed plans to give several Illinois schools a total...

Gov. Quinn cancels NIU visit, 3 other Ill. universities

By Northern Star Staff | October 18, 2010

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has cancelled his trip to the NIU campus as well as three other Illinois universities scheduled for today. Brenna Conway, college coordinator of Quinn’s campaign, said Quinn also canceled trips to the University of Illinois at Chicago,...

Editorial: Reading time before November

By Editorial Board | October 4, 2010

It's our favorite time: fall on an even-numbered year.The colorful leaves are falling, the air is just cool enough to be comfortable and political candidates are hammering each other in their TV ads.In about a month, the polls will open and make their...

Health care changes take effect

Health care changes take effect

By Shakira Bates | September 22, 2010

The health care reform bill passed six months ago and several changes will go into effect this week. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) held a telephone conference with health service companies to inform media representatives about the changes. "The health...

Quinn signs new tax credit law

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | August 31, 2010

In another attempt by Illinois to combat high unemployment rates, Governor Pat Quinn recently signed into law a new tax credit aimed at assisting small businesses. The "Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit" allows eligible small businesses...