Quinn to meet with leaders in D.C. Tuesday


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will be in Washington D.C. Tuesday for several meetings during his first full week as the state's top leader.

The new governor plans to meet with White House senior adviser David Axelrod to talk about issues Illinois faces.

Quinn will talk with Illinois' congressional delegation about the proposed economic stimulus measure. He also has a meeting scheduled with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the former Illinois representative. Quinn spokesman Bob Reed says Quinn is visiting the nation's capital "to work with the delegation and work with the White House and make Illinois' case regarding the economic stimulus package."

Quinn is also meeting with people in Illinois who had strained relations his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich. He met with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Monday. Last week, he met with the other four state constitutional officers who hadn't met all together with Blagojevich since 2003.

Later this week, Quinn has meetings set with state legislative leaders, including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. The relationships between Blagojevich and lawmakers, especially Madigan, have been blamed for the gridlock that paralyzed state government in recent years.

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