Former governor Pat Quinn spoke to a crowd of supporters and dignitaries Monday after unveiling his portrait in the Illinois Capitol.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
May 09, 2017

Former Gov. Quinn Reveals Packed Portrait

Former governor Pat Quinn was back in the Illinois Statehouse Monday. The Democrat was there for a ceremony to unveil his official portrait in the Capitol’s Hall of Governors.   The 68-year-old Democrat who stepped into the job when his predecessor was ousted donated the first "interactive" portrait. It depicts Quinn in his "lucky" purple-striped tie. He stands in front of a background of 44 instances of people, issues and events from more than four decades in public service.

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A sign at Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 06, 2015

Budget Stalemate Hurting Recruitment At Lincoln's Challenge

The National Guard-run program for at-risk youth in Rantoul was able to continue as scheduled in summer 2015, delayed only slightly to determine if staff could be paid during Illinois' budget impasse.  But that same lack of a budget is giving off an impression that Lincoln's Challenge is not taking new cadets, just weeks from when the next class is scheduled to start.

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