Resolution Calls on Governor To Live in Mansion On Session Days

Sep 19, 2013

In downtown Chicago, the city's flag and the state flag fly side-by-side. Gov. Quinn's office says he lives in both Chicago and in the capital city.
Credit Amanda Vinicky

  You never know what'll come up during a candidates' debate. Back in 2010, it was Gov. Pat Quinn's underwear.

As proof that he lives in Springfield, Quinn offered that he keeps his underwear at the governor's mansion.

It's become clear he also keeps pairs in Chicago.

Like his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, Quinn has repeatedly come under fire for not spending enough time in the capital.

Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R - Jacksonville, has filed a resolution urging the governor to at least stay at the mansion during legislative session days.

"I think this sets an expectation," he says. "It doesn't tie the governor's hands by any means by saying 'you have to live in the mansion'. It just says 'we encourage you to be there to help us lead in the right direction.' "

Davidsmeyer says it's not meant to attack Quinn; it would apply to any future governor. He says it's important that the governor be available to help legislators negotiate and make deals.

Quinn's office says the governor goes wherever he has work to do.