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Quinn shrugs off Early & Often Poll, touts pride in reform record

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Gov. Pat Quinn

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Updated: September 13, 2014 6:24AM



Gov. Pat Quinn found himself defending his record as a reformer on Monday, reminding reporters of accomplishments such as starting up a utility watchdog group and getting the minimum wage increased in the past.

He did so in response to questions following a new Early & Often Poll that showed his image as a reformer had taken a hit. When those surveyed were asked whom they viewed as the reform candidate, 46 percent said Rauner and 21 percent said Quinn. The automated poll surveyed 1,085 likely Illinois voters and had a margin of error plus or minus 3 percentage points.

“I have a record of reform that I’m very proud of,” Quinn said at a news conference. “I started the Citizens Utility Board 30 years ago. We have raised the minimum wage in the past, we’ve got to do it again. I have disclosed my income tax returns and schedules every year I’ve been in public office.”

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