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Quinn gives paid appointments to some ex-staff members on way out of governor's office

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn handed out some prestigious appointments to staff members on his way out the door.

The Democrat appointed Tumia (tee-AH'-mah) Romero to an $85,900-a-year Prisoner Review Board seat on Monday. Romero had made $113,000 as assistant labor director.

Romero formerly worked for Democratic U.S. Rep. Danny Davis. She says there she played key roles in developing ex-offender legislation and programs.

Sean Vinck — who made $120,000 as the state's chief information officer — received a $20,000 post on the Clean Energy Commission Foundation Board. It's a private foundation that doles out energy-efficiency grants.

Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler was appointed to the Teachers' Retirement System board. It oversees public-school instructors' pensions.

Vinck and Saddler did not respond to requests for comment.

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