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|(IRN)-It was about 20 degrees in Springfield Monday afternoon when 2,500 residents funneled through the Governor's Mansion to shake hands, hug, and take pictures with Governor Pat Quinn and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon just after they were sworn in.
Rob Jones, a construction worker from Peoria, got to the mansion an hour and a half before doors opened to get the first spot in line.
"Just came down to wish the Governor well, and see if we can't try to get some jobs back in this state," Jones said.
Another Peorian, out of work boilermaker General (cq) Parker, said he planned to give Quinn his two cents' worth.
"Remember what he said about putting folks back to work and he's the jobs Governor, so tell him that us boilermakers need some jobs," Parker said. "So anything that has to do with clean air and all that that puts us back to work. Tell him to support that."
Parker said he wants to hold statewide officers accountable.
Others waiting their turn gave the inaugural ceremonies rave reviews.
"I enjoyed the military bands and listening to the oath of office for each candidate and hearing their speeches, and just felt like I was participating in history," said Chicago native Collette Zogg.
"I think it was wonderful," said Downers Grove dentist Dr. Coco Leudi. Quinn is probably her best known former patient.
"Hey, Coco," Quinn exclaimed upon seeing her in the mansion.
"I think it was a beautiful speech that he delivered," says Leudi. "I also like Sheila Simon, I think she was wonderful. And I'm so happy that he talked about his mom. His mom was my patient for 35 years, so I know them very well."
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
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