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Since Primary, Quinn Steps Away from Public Eye

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Since Primary, Quinn Steps Away from Public Eye

Quinn, the Saturday before the election, gives a pep talk to precinct workers in Chicago’s 31st Ward. (WBEZ/Sam Hudzik)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has stayed out of the public eye for more than a week. This is a rare case of shyness from a governor known for his busy public schedule.

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In the two weeks before his narrow primary victory, Quinn held about 60 public events. Since that day, he’s held four - according to schedules distributed to reporters - with the latest taking place 10 days ago to talk about the Scott Lee Cohen controversy.

His campaign spokeswoman says he’s not doing any work on the political side, noting there’s “lots of time for campaigning down the road.” A statement from the governor’s office says Quinn is focused on economic issues, the state budget and “restoring faith in government.” The office says “every day” Quinn works “with his senior staff, legislative leaders, members of the General Assembly and others.”

Quinn has met with Democratic leaders, including a breakfast this morning with Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan. But spokespeople for the Republican leaders, Representative Tom Cross and Senator Christine Radogno, say since the election they have yet to meet with the governor.

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