The new Republican leader in the Illinois House has fans on both sides of the aisle. Gov. Pat Quinn says he congratulated State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Westchester) on his selection last week for the job of minority leader. Quinn called him a “good man” who has been especially committed to health causes in Illinois.
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“We’ve known each other a long time,” Quinn said. “He’s very dedicated to helping all of us combat diabetes, and I think it’s important that we work together - Democrat, Republican, independent-on a very important health mission.” One of the Republican candidates for governor, State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), says he’s looking forward to helping Durkin increase the Republican presence in the House.“Together with the House Republicans and my own caucus, we’re going to lead this state and make it work again,” Dillard said. Durkin is supporting Dillard’s bid for governor. He officially takes over for the outgoing minority leader, State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), later this month.