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Busy Final Half Day in Office for Quinn

With yesterday's changing of the guard in the Governor's office, one thing was missing, the outgoing Governor. Pat Quinn was a no show for the inauguration ceremony at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Quinn focused his energies on his final hours in office, signing multiple bills, granting clemencies, landing spots for political allies in state government. Quinn seemed to have the campaign in mind when he issued an executive order demanding governors make their tax returns available for public inspection each spring. Bruce Rauner had rejected demands to release his complete income tax returns. While Quinn was unable to push through a higher minimum wage, he did issue an executive order requiring state vendors and subcontractors pay a minimum wage of $10 an hour. Quinn tackled more clemency requests, granting 43 and rejecting 119. He also signed a bill regulating the new ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft that have operated in Chicago and recently arrived in Springfield. Quinn named former Governor Jim Thompson, and the wives of House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to serve on the state's bicentennial commission. Outgoing State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico and longtime Illinois Education Association Chief Cinda Klickna have also been named to that commission.

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