Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Illinois way: Vote for a tax hike, Get a new Job

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn gave a nearly $86,000 state job to a former lame-duck lawmaker who supplied one of the votes needed to pass his major income tax increase, but the governor's office and former state Rep. Careen Gordon both said Friday that there was no connection between the actions.

"In the seven years and couple weeks I was in the legislature, my vote was never for sale," Gordon said. "Sometimes, there's just no conspiracy."

Gordon, a Democrat from Morris who recently moved to Chicago, said she first approached the governor about a job on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board soon after losing her re-election bid in November. She said that Quinn asked her in that conversation what she thought of the possibility of a tax increase.