On November 26, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on the many things for which we have to be thankful in our homes, our communities, our state and our nation.

I join with my staff in Bloomington and Springfield to wish you and your family and your friends a most blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!


An investigation by a Chicago newspaper has revealed that many persons hired from a Blagojevich-era “clout list” remain on the state payroll, despite Governor Pat Quinn’s pledges to “fumigate state government.”

The hiring investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that at least 70 persons identified in subpoenas related to federal investigations into hiring practices under Blagojevich remain in state jobs under Governor Quinn – including many who were hired when state agencies circumvented military veterans hiring preferences.

Governor Quinn’s refusal to address the Blagojevich appointees is seen as part of a larger problem. Governor Quinn has left in place programs and policies enacted by Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office in January. Even programs that led directly to Blagojevich’s impeachment have been untouched by Governor Quinn and legislative Democrats.

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