- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn used a procedural move sidestepping a deadline to have two cabinet members reappointments approved by the state Senate.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (https://bit.ly/1hZyg4q ) Quinn withdrew the nomination of Julie Hamos as director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, then resubmitted her name for the post.

Rikeesha Phelon is a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton and says the move “in effect has reset the clock” for approval.

The deadline was this week.

Hamos has led the state agency since 2010, but has been criticized for her efforts to oversee the overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program.

A Quinn spokeswoman says the governor “strongly supports” Hamos.

Quinn also resubmitted Manny Flores as secretary of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


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