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Governor's tactic delays Senate cabinet approval

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:45 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD – 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 reported 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.

Senate President John Cullerton's spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon said 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 said the governor "strongly supports" Hamos.

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

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