CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a central Illinois physician and failed congressional candidate as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Quinn named fellow Democrat David Gill of Bloomington to the $128,000-a-year post on Friday. The governor's office listed Gill in a press release along with several other appointments to state boards and commissions.
Gill has run for Congress four times. Most recently, he lost a close race in November to Republican Rodney Davis in the 13th district.
Gill says his appointment is not a political favor. And the 53-year-old emergency room doctor says he'll actually take "a bit of a pay cut" to work at the state health department. He says he'll still work some weekend shifts at the hospital to keep his skills sharp.