The people who run parks in Illinois are feeling more positive Friday, one day after Pat Quinn took over the governor's office.
Quinn made a brief appearance at the Illinois Association of Park Districts' awards banquet in downtown Chicago on Friday. The group's members made it clear they couldn't be happier Quinn is the governor. President Ted Flickinger says Quinn, in contrast to his predecessor, understands the importance of parks, recreation and conservation. He says former Governor Rod Blagojevich never attended the group's conference.
Quinn seemed genuinely touched by the two standing ovations he received and praised the audience, calling their work "a very high calling." He also said that what Teddy Roosevelt once said about conservation being patriotic is still true today.