Governor Pat Quinn met with several leaders in Washington D.C. Tuesday, including President Barack Obama.
Quinn says the two had a "robust" discussion at the White House in a 10-minute meeting about the importance of the economic recovery bill. He says Obama made no commitments to him regarding funding for Illinois. The governor says Obama, a former Illinois senator, isn't going to favor Illinois over any other state. Quinn says the two also talked about baseball. He says they both are Chicago White Sox fans and he's happy to have a fan in the Oval Office.
Quinn also met with member of the Illinois congressional delegation and tried to distance himself from former Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office. Quinn told the delegation that he would return their phone calls since he knew it was hard to reach Blagojevich in the past. While in Senator Dick Durbin's office, Quinn gave his cell phone number to Durbin, Senator Roland Burris and other members of the delegation, including U.S. Representatives Melissa Bean, Aaron Schock and Jesse Jackson Jr.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the economic stimulus package moving through Congress and how it can benefit Illinois.