Governor Pat Quinn made the rounds in Washington Tuesday, meeting with President Obama and members of the Illinois Congressional delegation to try to secure stimulus funds for Illinois.
"Illinois is the butt of many jokes and we will not permit this to continue," Quinn told reporters. "We have to make sure that we take our government and look at it from every angle to abolish the corruption."
Quinn talked about the White Sox with Obama, ate lunch with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and gave out his personal cell phone number. But he was less successful in shoring up any commitments on stimulus money.
From the AP:
Gov. Pat Quinn says President Barack Obama made no commitments to him regarding funding in the economic stimulus package for the state of Illinois.
Quinn says the two had a "robust" discussion at the White House in a 10-minute meeting about the importance of the economic recovery bill.
The governor says Obama isn't going to favor Illinois over any other state. Obama was a U.S. senator from Illinois before he became president.
Quinn says the two also talked about baseball allegiances. He says both he and the president root for the Chicago White Sox and he's happy to have a fan in the Oval Office.
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