Republicans accuse Governor Quinn of abusing power

By WEEK Producer

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Republicans in the Illinois Senate are accusing Governor Pat Quinn of repeatedly abusing his power to appoint state agency directors.

Senators say state law requires those appointments be confirmed by the Senate.

Senators have have 60 days to vote on appointees.

But Republicans point to appointees like Jonathon Monken.

He served nearly two years as State Police Director without being voted on.

Senator Darin LaHood calls it an abuse of power.

"And what it is is the sneaky abuse of power around the system. We have a structure in place , we have rules in place, and they're blatantly violated here," said State Senator Darin Lahood, (R) 37th District.

Republicans have filed a bill which would close the loophole which allows the Governor to reappoint a director every 60 days.

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