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October 11, 2013

Despite ruling, Quinn vows to manage without pay

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CHICAGO — —

Some of Quinn's financial records — including how much he has in the bank — aren't publicly available. But public documents paint a picture of a modest man. His tax returns — which he does himself in pen — show that almost all his income came from his governor's salary.

"Pat has always been frugal. He lives like a monk," said Freeport Mayor Jim Gitz, who worked with Quinn in the 1970s as an aide to former Gov. Dan Walker. "He's a saver."

He bought his 1,600-square-foot blond brick home on Chicago's West side in 1983 for $78,000 and prefers it to the Governor's Mansion in Springfield. He's since refinanced half a dozen times, and he paid about $4,000 in property taxes last year.

But even some of those who praise Quinn's frugality question his sacrifice.

"That's an admirable stance, and it demonstrates his personal commitment," said Democratic state Sen. Bill Cunningham, a former Quinn aide who was among lawmakers who lived without a paycheck for two months after Quinn's decision. "I don't know that it moves us any closer (to pension reform)."

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