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Quinn and Rahm: Illinois Men of Steel?




    Gov. Pat Quinn visited the set of "Superman" on Tuesday, while Mayor Rahm Emanuel worked to prove he's a jobs man of steel.

    Turns out these two high-ranking Illinois officials are linked even when they don't want to be.

    Quinn: Legislature's Line-Item Vetoes Forced My Hand

    [CHI] Quinn: Legislature's Line-Item Vetoes Forced My Hand
    Sept. 8, 2011: Gov. Pat Quinn made a play Thursday to lay off nearly 2,000 state workers and close seven state facilities as part of state budget cuts. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012)

    Quinn toured the set of "Superman: Man of Steel" shortly after noon Tuesday at the intersection of Lake Street and Stetson Avenue.

    He linked the visit to jobs by "highlighting the impact of film production on Illinois' economy."

    Emanuel: SeatonCorp Came to Us

    [CHI] Emanuel: SeatonCorp Came to Us
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that unlike his previous job announcements, Wednesday's came around after SeatonCorp approached the city after seeing it move in a good direction. The Chicago-based staffing and recruiting company will soon add 400 new employees to its roster. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012)

    "I'm happy to announce that this past year we set a record of filmmaking in Illinois -- $161 million. That's the highest we've ever grossed in revenue," he said.

    Illinois awards a 30 percent tax credit to filmmakers, and after announcing the layoffs of nearly 2,000 state workers and closures of several facilities, the governor might need to work the J-word back into his public spiel.

    Emanuel, on the other hand, is adding an Ohio steelmaker to his list of new jobs announcements.

    JMC Steel Group Inc. is moving 50 people from its suburban Cleveland corporate offices to the former AT&T Corporate Center downtown and will retain 50 corporate jobs in Chicago, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

    In return, the steel company will receive more than $1 million in incentives from to move its headquarters.