Some wordsmith at the Chicago Tribune editorial board came up with the wonderful word “Quinncidence” January 23rd to characterize actions that look like pay-to-play in the Pat Quinn
It’s first use came when Quinn appointed defeated State Rep. Careen Gordon of Morris to the Illinois Prison Review Board.
The post pays more than that of state representative, $86,000 a year.
Losing state legislators often get offers like that.
I got such an offer when Lee Daniels was trying to get me not to run in 2000 and another, paying less but still far more than I had earned as state rep., after I lost the primary election to Rosemary Kurtz.
Both would have increased my pension by a lot. I refused both offers.
Unlike Gordon, I didn’t talk to the Governor about a pending income tax increase vote and, then, switch my position for “No” to “Yes.” Just three days after she talked to Quinn.
There was a firestorm after Pat Quinn announced Gordon’s appointment, which forced the dropping of the idea.
As I noted two days ago, Quinn’s appointment of Gordon to be Associate General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation looking like another Quinncidence.
Slightly less than before–$84,000–but still more than an Illinois representative is paid.
This position does not require going through the buzz saw of Senate confirmation.
No quid pro quo.
Just a Quinncidence, as the Tribune points out in its editorial.