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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Quinn Swings, Misses on State of State

Give Governor Pat Quinn this: as campaign themes go, “getting the job done” and “Illinois is making a comeback” aren’t the worst ideas ever. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Chicago Makes Play for Biotech Importance

Chicago Makes Play for Biotech Importance

With a $2.5 million check from the state, Chicago is looking to put a stake in the ground of an increasingly important global industry: biotech and medical innovation. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

5 Things to Know About Quinn's State of the State

5 Things to Know About Quinn's State of the State

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to give his annual State of the State speech Wednesday, the second time he has addressed state legislators and constitutional officers during an election year since taking office in 2009. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Full Text: Quinn's State of the State Address

Full Text: Quinn's State of the State Address

"Illinois is making a comeback," Gov. Pat Quinn told legislators in annual address. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

5 Themes from Quinn's State of the State

5 Themes from Quinn's State of the State

Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday said he's worked to rebuild Illinois "one hard step at a time" since he took office five years ago during what he called a "perfect storm" of government corruption, economic collapse,... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Text of Quinn's 2013 State of the State Address

Text of Quinn's 2013 State of the State Address

"We have moved Illinois forward," Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday. "But we have much more to do. At this point, each and every one of us has a choice to make about what we want our Illinois to look like." Read »

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Not-So-Mighty Quinn

The Not-So-Mighty Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech proves the Democratic Party is out of new ideas. Read »

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Chrysler Adding 1,800 New Illinois Jobs

About 1,800 new jobs will be coming to the Chrysler plant in Northwest suburban Belvidere. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By Carol Marin and Don Moseley

Who Quinn Missed in State of State "Thank Yous"

Who Quinn Missed in State of State

“Thank you,” said Governor Pat Quinn. It was the phrase heard over and over again Wednesday as he addressed a joint session of the Illinois legislature. But missing in the “thank you’s” were Republicans and... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Glosses Over Unpaid Bills

In the face of potentially crippling state debt, Gov. Pat Quinn spent most of his State of the State address Wednesday reflecting on the year, pushing for lawmakers to invest in education and, a familiar theme... Read »

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