Gov. Pat Quinn was jubilant Wednesday, a day after the state’s largest public-workers’ union ratified its long-negotiated contract. “I think we got to a good agreement that acknowledges the good work of the employees and understands that our taxpayers needed some help as well, and our savings in health care, over $900 million, was the best contract ever negotiated with state employees in the history of Illinois,” Quinn said after a ceremony to honor local school breakfast programs.
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While Quinn wants the Senate to revisit the three Southern Illinois University trustee appointments it recently rejected, he is also confident the Senate will confirm the re-appointment of his corrections director. “Clearly, this past year we had to close a couple of prisons. That wasn’t easy, but we had to do it on behalf of the public interest,” Quinn said of S. A. “Tony” Godinez. “I reappointed him because I have confidence in his ability to go forward.”
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