"There are serious flaws in this bill that jeopardize public safety."
— Gov. Pat Quinn, explaining why he made a number of changes in the concealed carry legislation sent to him by the General Assembly. Quinn's action prompted criticism from legislators and predictions that the House and Senate would override his veto.
"I think it would have been more helpful if the governor had involved himself earlier in the process."
— State Sen. Michael Frerichs of Champaign, expressing irritation that Quinn proposed changes in the concealed carry legislation that he supported.
"Make no mistake, the 'April surprise' is history."
— State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, predicting that there will be no repeat of a sudden influx of unexpected revenue to the state that generated an additional $1.3 billion. The extra income was generated by people selling investments in late 2012 to avoid higher federal tax rates that became effective in January.
"Illinois had a rough season last year, but I want to be a part of something that is different and shape something so the younger kids have a different view of the program."
— Matt Domer, a running back from Chicago Mount Carmel, explaining that he wants to be part of a recruiting class that will change the gridiron fortunes of the University of Illinois. Domer recently became the eighth player to commit for the 2014 UI recruiting class.
"I'm fine. I'm always fine. I've been so blessed. It's nice to see people. Sometimes I still know some, and sometimes I get a little confused until they tell me who they are. But I do enjoy people."
— Mollie Latoz of Westville, describing herself on her 100th birthday July 2. Friends and family hosted a well-attended reception for Latoz at Latoz Hardware. Mollie and her late husband, Tony, founded Latoz Hardware in 1946, and it continues to be family-run.
"I really am excited about coming to work every day."
— Don Owen, the new superintendent of the Urbana school system. Owen started in Urbana in 1990 as a middle school history teacher.