Quinn's State Cell Phone Rarely Used

Quinn has refused to release phone records for his private BlackBerry

By Andrew Greiner
|  Monday, Sep 7, 2009  |  Updated 11:33 AM CDT
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Hope you don't have anything embarrassing on that BlackBerry, Governor.

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Illinois’ accidental governor, Pat Quinn, said last month that he uses his personal cell phone to do business because it saves the state money.

But an analysis of his state-issued phone shows that he has plenty of minutes to play with on the government phone.

State records show the government cell phone logged three minutes of use in May, no minutes in April and 29 minutes in February. February was Quinn's first month as governor after lawmakers ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.

When the Democratic governor uses his private phone for official calls, he doesn't have to disclose his activities under the Freedom of Information Act — like he does with a state phone.

Bills for the government cell phone, which is assigned to Quinn's old lieutenant governor's office, list the phone numbers of incoming and outgoing calls.

Quinn has refused to release phone records for his private BlackBerry.

Quinn said that he only uses his personal cell to call his mother, and if that’s true, it must be asked: does Quinn talk to anyone on the phone?

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