Lame-duck lawmakers see that state jobs, tough votes equal political heat
(MCT) — Three dozen lame-duck lawmakers learned Tuesday that there is life in state government after they leave the General Assembly, but they might face political heat if they vote for a tough measure and then land a state job with a big salary.
That dynamic was on display as the Senate considered whether to approve several appointments made by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Former Democratic Rep. Bob Flider of Decatur became the latest ex-lawmaker to get grilled by Republicans about why he switched his opposition to a tax increase only weeks after he lost his 2010 re-election campaign.
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