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Quinn Fri May 28 2010

Just Dance, It'll Be Okay

That amendatory veto Gov. Pat Quinn issued against the McCormick Place legislation on Wednesday? Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady thinks there might be something unethical afoot there, and has asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate.

Citing Quinn's receipt of $75,000 in campaign contribution dollars from the local Teamsters Union just two weeks before the legislation passed through Congress, Brady said this "appears to be another shameful example of pay-to-play politics." The Teamsters have expressed opposition to the bill, which they say could take away jobs from union members and potentially harm their safety.

No big deal, it's Dance Friday! After defending his veto on WLS this morning, Quinn went to NBC Channel 5 Chicago to dance his heart out with Jarrett Payton and Sue the Dinosaur in honor of the Blackhawks making the Stanley Cup. As Edward McClelland points out at the Ward Room, pay-for-play politics are nothing new for Quinn or Brady.

Perhaps that's why Quinn had no problems dancing his troubles away this morning. Video after the jump.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.

 
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