06/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Longtime Quinn Advisor Given $85K Job As 'Kayaking Czar'

SPRINGFIELD -- A longtime advisor to Gov. Pat Quinn has been hired to be the state's first canoe czar.

Claude Walker, who has served as an aide to Quinn dating back two decades, will coordinate kayaking and canoeing for the cash-strapped state Department of Natural Resources.

He will earn $85,000 annually.

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