• Quinn Delivers IL Budget Message

    IL Gov. Pat Quinn revealed his spending plan Wednesday calling for increased education funding, closing or consolidating state facilities, cutting Medicaid spending, and restructuring the state’s pension systems.

    Few details were provided as to how the Medicaid program would be cut or for overhauling pension benefits and costs. While the budget does not call for general tax or fee increases, Quinn called for closing corporate tax loopholes. He said he wants his revenue director to work with state lawmakers to come up with a list. You can view the Governor’s budget address here.

  • Former IL State Rep. Flinder Named Director of Ag Department

    Governor Pat Quinn has named former IL State Rep. Bob Flider director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

    Flider served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2003 through 2011. As a legislator, Flider worked on a number of agriculture issues, serving on the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee, the Energy & Environment Committee and the Ethanol Production Oversight Committee. Flider also served as chairman of the House Electric Generation & Commerce Committee and vice chairman of the House Renewable Energy Committee. He was named an "Agriculture Certified Legislator" by the Illinois Farm Bureau in 2004, and he was named a "Friend of Agriculture" by the Illinois Farm Bureau in 2006, 2008 and 2010.