Illinois Gov. Quinn touts effort at jobs

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 10:52 AM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn treads some familiar territory in his newly unveiled jobs plan.

Quinn's blueprint for job creation and retention relies on a massive public works program that lawmakers have already passed and the governor signed.

Quinn touted his economic recovery plan during a Monday speech to the civic group the City Club of Chicago.

But some of the components are things Quinn has talked about before. For example, he says an educated work force is key and he supports fully funding the state's Monetary Award Program, also known as MAP grants.

Quinn noted he signed legislation this year to restore funding to the program after it was cut. His chief Democratic primary opponent, Comptroller Dan Hynes, has said it was Quinn who approved the budget that initially cut the grants.