Quinn Cancels Fundraiser Organized by Rezko Ally

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    Gov. Quinn said "no thanks" to a fundraiser at the house of Anthony Abboud -- but only after the Sun-Times raised questions about him.

    Gov. Pat Quinn has canceled a fundraising appearance at the home of a former employee who has ties to convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Quinn backed out of Sunday's event after the newspaper raised questions.

    Rezko was a fundraiser for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    Quinn campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Austin says the governor agreed to have "an old friend" host a party for him. But he canceled when it was mentioned that it might have the appearance of impropriety.

    Anthony Abboud worked under Quinn when he was state treasurer. He's also mentioned in Rezko's federal indictment.

    Blagojevich appointed him to the state Teachers' Retirement System board. Rezko then told him to take direction from convicted fundraiser Stuart Levine.