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GOP Senators Unhappy with Quinn Appointment
Illinois Republican senators are unhappy with one of Gov. Pat Quinn's new appointments--Specifically Dr. David Gill's nomination to become the assistant director of the Department of Public Health.
The GOP isn't happy with how it was done, and they said it was a highly political move. GOP leaders believe Quinn appointed Gill, a four-time unsuccessful congressional candidate, so he wouldn't be a primary spoiler for the Democrats' choice for the seat--former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis.
Now, the GOP is calling on the majority party to allow a hearing on the nomination.
"The people of Illinois deserve the opportunity for process to play out," Sen. Sam McCann (R - Carlinville) said. "That's the way the Constitution describes it. That's what we are guaranteed in the Constitution. We need to step up to the plate and deliver real leadership and real service to the people of Illinois."
The GOP hopes to have a hearing on the appointment before they adjourn next week. If they don't, it could be up to a year before the appointment requires approval by the general assembly.