New Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the state's constitutional officers say they're looking forward to working together with a newfound sense of unity. The five leaders spoke together Friday after meeting at the governor's office in Chicago.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Dan Hynes and Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias attended the meeting. They are all Democrats. Madigan says the last time all of the top statewide elected officials met with the governor was July 1, 2003. Quinn says it's important people know they are are working together "for the betterment of everyone."
Quinn is also trying to show that he's nothing like his scandal-tainted Rod Blagojevich. He says he'll live at the Executive Mansion in Springfield. Quinn says he wants to reopen the state parks Blagojevich closed and pledged to review Blagojevich hires and appointments within state government. Also, he doesn't want his name on Illinois Tollway signs when Blagojevich's is removed. State officials say the cost was about $480,000 to put Blagojevich's name on the toll road signs and the state will spend about $15,000 to have it removed.