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Quinn Wants a Buttongate Probe

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    The governor discusses an incident in which legislators may have voted by proxy for some important legislation. (Published Saturday, Oct 29, 2011)

    Pat Quinn says somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 Illinois House members had someone else cast their votes on a Com Ed utility bill vveto override and he wants to know who cast the votes.

    He said anyone other than the House member should vote on such important stuff and that the incident should be investigated.

    Quinn Talks Buttongate

    [CHI] Quinn Talks Buttongate
    The governor discusses an incident in which legislators may have voted by proxy for some important legislation. (Published Saturday, Oct 29, 2011)

    On Thursday Quinn called for legislative Inspector General Tom Homer to take a look at the vote this week overriding his veto of the Com Ed  Smart Grid Bill.   

    Quinn alleges at least 18 lawmakers were not on the floor – and that somehow they voted  -- which he believes is a serious ethical violation.   Speaker of the House Michael Madigan’s press spokesman Steve Brown has told reporters it’s merely Quinn’s way of trying to rebound from a crushing defeat.  

    Still Quinn says “only the legislators should vote their switch, not some staff member, not some colleague.  This is too important.”   Quinn won’t go so far as to say he will call the lawmakers back to Springfield.  

    But “the legislative Inspector General will look into it, I have every confidence in him.”    

    A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan said Quinn is trying to cover over a huge defeat.