With all of the Occupy Wall Street fervor these days, ringing the opening bell to signal the start of the day's trading may not be the best place for a politician's photo op.
But that's where Gov. Pat Quinn found himself Tuesday morning when he rang the bell to start trading on the Nasdaq exchange, along with 50 Illinois high-tech execs.
The scenario painted a rosy picture of the state of Illinois, when in fact, things are rather unsettled. At least if you're judging by the latest legislative session.
Perhaps the biggest financial question facing lawmakers went unanswered.
The state legislature failed to address a threat by some of Illinois most prominent businesses -- such as the CME group and Sears -- to leave the state because of unfriendly tax incentives.
Lawmakers went home still needing resolution for the gambling expansion bill, and more.
Here's hoping Gov. Quinn enjoyed his moment in the spotlight, but remember -- that bell may also signals the next round in the battle surrounding a myriad of issues that aren't going away anytime soon.