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  Doherty, Mulroe square off over Quinn staff raises
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Last EditedImperator  Jul 29, 2010 08:40pm
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AuthorPATRICK BUTLER
MediaNewspaper - Pioneer Press: Suburban Chicago Newspapers
News DateFriday, July 16, 2010 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe battle for the 10th District State Senate seat heated up last week when Republican Brian Doherty first agreed with Democratic opponent John Mulroe that Gov. Pat Quinn's raises to many of his top aides were ill-timed -- then accused Mulroe's fellow Democrats of creating the state's worst economic problems in living memory.

Doherty made his comments in response to a statement by Mulroe criticizing Quinn for giving hefty raises to 40 of his top staff people -- some already making nearly $100,000 a year -- just days after announcing nearly $1.4 billion in budget cuts.

"The state can't justify cutting education, health services and public safety while giving out raises. That's not how we should be prioritizing our resources," Mulroe said.

Mulroe promised to use his expertise as a lawyer/accountant, member of the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce and former president of the St. Juliana School board to make the necessary cuts that would have the least impact on already-struggling working families.

"I find it interesting a Democratic candidate would be criticizing a Democratic governor and a Democratic legislature for not doing their jobs for the last six years," Doherty said, accusing Mulroe of "nit-picking" over a "small" raise when there's a $12-billion deficit.
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