Quinn Criticized For Flying Off To New York To Ring NASDAQ Bell

CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn is catching some heat for a quick overnight trip he made to New York City.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, Quinn was in New York Tuesday to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange and to appear on a national cable talk show “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

The Chicago Tribune reports the trip cost taxpayers an estimated $1,200 for airfare and hotel accommodations for Quinn and a press aide.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe eports

But the newspaper reports the Quinn administration is defending the overnight trip as well worth the expense, since it allowed Quinn to promote Illinois businesses on an international stage.

But the Tribune also said Quinn opening the NASDAQ exchange had an “element of irony,” since Chicago’s major stock exchanges – the CME Group and CBOE Holdings – have both threatened to leave Illinois over the state’s corporate tax hike earlier this year.

CME Group executive director Terrence Duffy warned lawmakers last week that they need to hurry up on legislation for a tax break for his company, or it will begin to explore moving the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade out of state.

  • Dylan

    This guy is a tool. He will NOT be reelected. He did nothing when he was second in command, and is doing less now as Gov. He doesn’t have a clue, and the ridiculous pension program will NEVER be fixed because his brother is a retired “golden spoon” teacher and the guy is in bed with the union. He’s got to go.

  • Wolf

    Finally a task this idiot might be able to complete….because reform and restructuring of the massively bloated public sector and their fraudulent pension scam is not a priority for the failing state….

    • Curious

      When you say fraudulent pension scam, what EXACTLY do you mean?

  • Jim

    Did he propose a “bell ringing” tax?

    • LOTD

      LOL !!!

  • J Words

    Let them move then! LOL

  • Jim Hamilton

    Quinn turns my stomache

  • ad

    This is a waste of tax payers money. What an idiot. We all know there are more pressing issues in Illinois than ringing a bell

  • Jim Hamilton

    Quinn “The Democrat Dingbat” Does that ring a bell?

  • Jim Hamilton

    Quinn pays $1,200 to play with someone elses ding-a-ling

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