Gov. Pat Quinn says he deserves a better grade on his job creation policies than the “C” given to him by the head of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s president said he’d give Quinn a “C” or “C+” grade on jobs. Quinn responded at a news conference later Monday that at least one group – the United Auto Workers – would give him an “A” after he helped persuade Chrysler to add 1,800 workers at its Belvidere plant.
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“I think I got an ‘A’ from the United Auto Workers when I was in Belvedere not too long ago,” Quinn said. “When I became governor, Chrysler had 200 jobs at that plant. This summer they’ll have 4,200 jobs, so I think that was a pretty good testament to our good work.” Quinn has been praised by the chamber for putting a renewed focus on international trade, but they say he still hasn’t done enough to control state spending.