Ex-lawmaker voted for tax hike, gets state job - KMOV.com

Ex-lawmaker voted for tax hike, gets state job

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A former Illinois legislator who voted for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's income tax increase has received a state job that pays nearly $86,000.

The Chicago Tribune reports Saturday that former Democratic state Rep. Careen Gordon and the governor's office both say there is no connection between her vote and the job on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. Gordon lost her re-election bid in November and now lives in Chicago.

Gordon says her vote "was never for sale." Quinn spokewoman Annie Thompson says Gordon is "being appointed because of her work on criminal issues throughout her career."

On Thursday, Quinn signed into law a two-thirds increase in the Illinois income tax rate in a move meant to help close a $15 billion budget deficit.

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