Quinn says being pals with lawmakers not his job

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CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, reacting to published reports state legislators don’t consider him much of a leader, says it’s not his job to be “pals” with lawmakers.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, reacting to published reports state legislators don’t consider him much of a leader, says it’s not his job to be "pals" with lawmakers.

Quinn’s comments Monday come days after state legislators rejected his veto of a bill allowing utilities to raise rate to finance creation of a "smart grid" electricity network.

In a speech to the Leadership Greater Chicago Luncheon, Quinn said he won’t be a "go-along, get-along" leader, adding he is proud he vetoed the bill backed by Commonwealth Edison.

Quinn also defended his position on gambling expansion. He is threatening a veto if lawmakers refuse to remove a provision allowing slot machines at horse race tracks.

The governor also spoke about the ‘Occupy Wall Street" movement, saying participants need to organize for a cause.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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