Republicans in the Illinois Senate say Governor Pat Quinn’s appointment of a state health official is a political arrangement intended to shape a Congressional race next year. Bloomington physician David Gill was named the assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month.
This came after four failed Congressional bids, and on the same day Madison County Judge Ann Callis resigned. Both are Democrats. Days later, Callis announced she would run for the seat Gill did not win.Republican Senator Darin LaHood, of Dunlap, says this is not a coincidence.
“The Democratic establishment does not want him to run, so he gets a plum political appointment. That doesn’t pass the political smell test.”
While Gill’s appointment is subject to approval by the Senate, his confirmation hearing might not come up until next year. A Quinn spokesman says Gill is more than qualified for the job. But he did not address Republican accusations of a political motive.