Public Act 97-652
"There are two kinds of people in this world. On one side are the movers and shakers. And on the other side are those who are moved and shaken. The difference between them is education."
"If you bungle raising your children, nothing else in life matters.."
On June 13, 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark education reforms (Public Act 97-8) for Illinois students, parents, and teachers.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Signing Historic Education Reforms.
On January 13, 2011, Gov. Quinn signed legislation to enable Illinois to have sufficient revenue to properly fund elementary and secondary education, community colleges, four-year public universities, Monetary Award Program scholarships for higher education, early childhood education, and actuarially-required pension funding for the Teachers Retirement System and the State University Retirement System.
On July 29, 2014, Gov. Quinn signed legislation for an advisory referendum asking voters if they favor an income tax surcharge on the state’s millionaires in order to provide much-needed funding for public education in classrooms across Illinois.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Signing Legislation to Give Public a Voice Regarding Millionaire Tax for Classroom Education .
On November 4, 2014, Illinois voters approved the advisory referendum question with 63.6% (2,200,033 votes to 1,256,642 votes).
In his 2014 State of the State address, Gov. Pat Quinn called for establishing a comprehensive Birth-to-Five early childhood initiative in Illinois to build upon his administration’s achievements in early childhood development.
View the Governor’s Office Executive Order creating the Office of Early Childhood Development.
In 2009, Gov. Quinn went to William Leonard Public Library in Robbins to emphasize the importance of libraries in Illinois. Readers are leaders!
On October 18, 2009, Gov. Quinn signed legislation to provide full funding for Illinois’ 138,000 Monetary Award Program college scholarship recipients.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Signing Legislation to Save MAP Grants.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Announcing Investment in State-of-the-Art Science Labs at Saint Xavier University.
Illinois Jobs Now! provided $3 billion for school construction -- early childhood facilities, elementary and high schools, community colleges, and four-year public universities.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Highlighting More Than $22 Million in Capital Funds for New Carterville School