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Quinn heads to Washington to visit wounded warriors

WASHINGTON – Gov. Pat Quinn flies here Thursday evening, his second visit in two weeks, this one to deliver holiday cards to wounded warriors. In past years, Quinn has traveled to military bases overseas on holiday visits; this time he will find Illinois service members at the Walter Reed National Military hospital.

From my column on Quinn’s visit last week:

Quinn met with leaders of trade unions who have been his steadfast supporters during a two-day visit here, shoring up his campaign fund-raising base even as public sector labor chiefs back home are angry with him over the pension deal.

Quinn met with leaders from the Bricklayers, Teamsters, the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters

Quinn arrived Dec. 9 for the annual meeting of the Democratic Governors Association, the first session of a panel President Barack Obama tapped him for dealing with climate-related disasters and huddles at the Treasury and Transportation departments over funding and other assistance for Illinois projects and programs.