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Gov. Quinn says he’s worked to ‘rebuild Illinois’

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2014

     SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s worked to rebuild Illinois “one hard step at a time” since he took office five years ago.

     The Chicago Democrat marked his five years in office Wednesday during his annual State of the State address. It’s also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.

     Quinn says he’s helped restore integrity to state government. He’s also heralding the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois.

     It’s the second time Quinn is giving a State of the State address during an election year. All of the Republican gubernatorial candidates challenging him are listening in person. They are venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady.

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