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GOP questions Quinn's motives in construction workers' strike
By Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia - Chicago Tribune
Two leading state Republicans questioned Tuesday whether union donations given last month to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn had anything to do with administration pressure on road builders to settle a strike that had brought area highway construction to a halt.
Quinn blasted the suggestion from Pat Brady, the state GOP chairman, and unsuccessful Republican governor candidate Kirk Dillard.
Both Republicans wouldn't say whether they believed the donations led to actions by the Illinois Department of Transportation to threaten road construction firms with a rebidding of contracts and other moves if road builders didn't settle with union workers. They said they were only "questioning" if pay-to-play politics had occurred.
Quinn reported receiving $200,000 from the Construction and General Laborers' District Council on June 30, the last day of the campaign finance reporting period. On July 19, IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig wrote to road builders that the administration was "impartial" in the strike but threatened steps such as rebidding projects.
"The appearance is terrible," Brady said.
"That's a smear, and those who made it, the Brady Bunch, know it is," Quinn said. "It's completely untrue and they know it.''
Quinn said the letter from the transportation secretary was simply laying out "what the rules are" when it comes to doing business with the state.
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
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