Pat Quinn on Environment



Clean Water Initiative: $1B for wastewater & stormwater

Through our Clean Water Initiative, we're investing more than $1 billion in clean water--and creating 28,000 jobs along the way. And these are good jobs: jobs for welders, cement masons, truck drivers, operating engineers, pipefitters, painters and carpenters. Through these projects, we're replacing ancient water mains, upgrading sewers, and building wastewater treatment plants all over our state.

To date, we've received 91 clean water applications. And this year, we'll expand our Clean Water Initiative--and double this investment--to include critical stormwater and flood control projects. When it comes to creating the infrastructure we need for a strong economy, we've been getting the job done. And there's more work to do.

Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Illinois legislature , Jan 29, 2014

Leave no child inside

I think it's very, very important that in this time of economic recession, we have parks available for the people. And I made sure that that happened.

We want to leave no child inside in Illinois. I believe that it's important for kids to get outside in nature with their moms and dads, and with others, their friends, to see the wonders of nature. It's important that we understand the spiritual value of being in nature. I was distressed that my predecessor padlocked some of the State parks.

Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 13, 2010

First bill signed: Smoke Free Illinois Act

Governor Pat Quinn signed his first bill into law since being sworn-in as the 41st governor of Illinois last week. Senate Bill 2757 clarifies exemption and enforcement components of the Smoke Free Illinois Act.

"The new law strengthens the fundamental of the Smoke Free Illinois Act," Governor Quinn said. "We must continue to make sure the residents of the Land of Lincoln can breathe fresh air while they are at work and in public places." The bill strengthens enforcement of the Smoke Free Illinois Act by providing additional guidelines for writing citations. It also provides greater information about contesting citations.

The Smoke Free Illinois Act went into effect January 1, 2008, making Illinois the 23rd state in the nation to adopt a smoking ban. The act prohibits smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces, including bars, taverns, private clubs, restaurants and casinos.

Source: Press release on gubernatorial website , Feb 4, 2009

Other governors on Environment: Pat Quinn on other issues:
IL Gubernatorial:
Bruce Rauner
IL Senatorial:
Doug Truax
Jim Oberweis
Mark Kirk
Richard Durbin
Sharon Hansen

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AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
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CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
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MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
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OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
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AZ-R: Doug Ducey
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MD-R: Larry Hogan
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RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

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CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
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ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
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OK-R: Mary Fallin
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PA-R: Tom Corbett
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