IL gov avoids media after Medicaid, pension events
By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn went into hiding from the media this week after holding back-to-back news conferences where he announced Medicaid and public pension changes last week.
Quinn’s weekly public appearance schedule for April 29 to May 5 consisted of two events in Chicago and three here. The itinerary for four events listed: “There will be no media availability following this event.” Quinn avoided a gaggle of statehouse and downstate reporters at the other appearance.
“We’re on a very tight schedule tomorrow as we focus on pension and Medicaid solutions. I'm sure we'll have a media avail soon in next few days,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said Wednesday when asked why Quinn wasn’t scheduling any media availabilities.
Quinn refused to answer questions from reporters Thursday as he walked into the loading dock of the statehouse, but promised a news conference without saying when or where.
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