Quinn appoints Gill to state post; Callis may run in 13th

Quinn appoints Gill to state post; Callis may run in 13th

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. David Gill, who has run unsuccessfully for Congress four times in races covering Champaign County and other parts of central Illinois, has been named assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health by Gov. Pat Quinn. He starts his new $127,739 a year job on Monday.

The appointment means that Gill, a Democrat, will not run for Congress in the 13th District next year.

"I have been weighing both of these things, another campaign and this position, and have decided to do this," he said Friday.

Coincidentally, the announcement of Gill's appointment to the state job came on the same day that Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis reportedly told colleagues that she is stepping down to run for Congress.

Callis, a Democrat, is expected to make an official announcement next week. She could not be reached for comment Friday.

George Gollin, a University of Illinois physics professor, also is considering seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress in the district.

Gill said he was contacted by a Quinn aide about the public health agency position.

"They started talking to me a few months ago about this," Gill said. "The governor, he and I have always gotten along very well. I think we see the world through the same public health perspective. We have some mutual friends. And so we've known each other for a long time now. The governor reached out to me and I've been mulling this for quite a long time."

Quinn gave $250 to Gill's 2012 campaign fund.

Last year, Gill lost to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, by 1,002 votes in the congressional district that runs from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis on the southwest.

Gill, 53, of Bloomington, is an emergency room physician at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. He said he hopes to continue working "a little bit" at the hospital on a part-time basis.

"I might just take a couple shifts on weekends," he said.

Gill received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois.

He ran in the old 15th Congressional District three times against U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana — in 2004, 2006 and 2010 — and last year in the 13th District against Davis. His closest race against Johnson was in 2006 when he got 42 percent of the vote. But last year Gill lost to Davis by 46.55 percent to 46.21 percent.

Gill's appointment will require conformation by the Illinois Senate.

He will work primarily out of the department's Springfield office.

"And my understanding is there will be some travel involved in the job as well, representing the governor at different events," he said. "It's not a well-defined position in terms of its responsibilities. But I'd like to do some coordination with the regional public health offices. And I've always had an interest in provision of care to people and there's going to be a lot of work in connection with the Affordable Care Act. I'd like to help make that changeover as smooth as possible for patients and providers."

Gill said he realizes the appointment may be temporary, depending on whether Quinn runs for and wins re-election next year.

"But all of my adult life I've had an interest in public health and I'm excited about this," he said. "Sure, I understand that I serve at the discretion of the governor and that the governor can change."

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bluegrass wrote on May 03, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Congratulations to Dr. Gill.  The good doctor has been chomping at the bit for a place at the government trough for many years now, and his dream has finally come true.  And this time, he didn't even have to spend any campaign money, the trough came to him.

And what kind of imperative work will Dr. Gill be doing for us IL taxpayers for $10,500 and change a month, I mean besides representing the Bumbler in Chief Quinn?  "It's not a well-defined position in terms of its responsibilities. But I'd like to do some coordination with the regional public health offices. And I've always had an interest in provision of care to people and there's going to be a lot of work in connection with the Affordable Care Act. I'd like to help make that changeover as smooth as possible for patients and providers."

I'm sure we're all looking forward, with great and high anticipation, this crucial work that is not very well-defined.  Are the regional public health offices in dire need of some good old fashioned coordination?  I didn't even know that such offices existed, so I looked them up.  Their website claims they exist to "coordinate various agency program activities."  So is Dr. Gill going to coordinate the coordination of activies.  If it wasn't so pathetic it would be funny.

Commonsenseman wrote on May 03, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Socialism in action, notice how those in the party keep  getting richer, while the people keep getting poorer, congratulations comrade on your do nothing job for 10k  a month

alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 03, 2013 at 7:05 pm
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That's right!  A guy got a do-nothing job from the government....it's socialism!  You clearly understand what the word socialism means!  It's a blanket word to use against any government action you disagree with.  Duh. 

But hey, if you're really upset about "the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer", maybe you should become a socialist yourself.

Commonsenseman wrote on May 03, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I could care less if people who work for a living get rich.  Heres a guy geting a job to essentially do nothing while this state is in financial ruin.  Alabaster jones, how can anyone defend this man sucking off the teat of the taxpayer

alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 03, 2013 at 10:05 pm
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I'm not defending him or his new job.  I'm just pointing out that you don't know what the words you are using mean.

kyedpa5 wrote on May 03, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Alabaster, everything you just said was....... amazingly put!  

The whole idea of socialism is to stop the rich from getting richer and the poor from getting poorer, you can't really hate both.  

Yeah, Quinn appointed a Democrat.  So what?  You think Republicans don't also appoint Republicans?  That's just how government works in all states, red and blue.  

Commonsenseman wrote on May 04, 2013 at 7:05 am

The issue is a make work job with very high pay for party members, typical Chicago politics or Soviet  style socialism.  Its an unnecesary job created by corrupt leaders.  

alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 04, 2013 at 10:05 am
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That's typical politics anywhere, in any party, in any system of government.

kyedpa5 wrote on May 04, 2013 at 3:05 pm

How about the fact that Champaign Republicans appointed then-conservative blogger Gordy Hulten to the Champaign City council and before he was re-elected the Champaign County Republicans appointed him to County Clerk, even though he had very little experience in public office?  Is that not "Chicago politics or Soviet style socialism" according to your definition of the terms?  

Honestly, I like to have respectful and constructive discussions on here and I don't like to be rude or condescending too often.  But, do you know what the word "socialism" really means.  You keep using it and I think you might mean "cronyism" or "corruption", because socialism, which is a government with very high taxes and immense social services, doesn't really fit into this situation.  

I'm not trying to debate the merits of socialism or defend socialism, I just don't think you understand what that word really means...

bluegrass wrote on May 04, 2013 at 11:05 am

Commonsenseman doesn't need me to defend him, but capitalism does, so here goes.  Kyedpa5, perhaps you were so amazed by Alabaster's words you didn't notice that Commonsenseman didn't say he hated the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.  He didn't say he "hated" anything at all.

There is a difference between the idea, the implementation, and the reality of socialism.

The reality of socialism does not keep the rich from getting richer, and the poor from getting poorer, whatever that means.  The reality of socialism is that everyone gets progressively poorer and less free, except for those connected to the government (read party above.)  For a great lesson see any of Sid Saltfork's comments on the current IL pension crisis, where he talks about "shared pain."  Hi Sid:)

Funny that you and Alabaster jumped all over Commonsenseman for his alleged misuse of the word "socialism," especially considering the fact that Gill has been appointed to a job where his goal is to help the masses transition to, wait for it, our brand new socialized medicine initiative.  

But hey, both parties do it, so that makes it okay?  Again, Pathetic with a capital P.


kyedpa5 wrote on May 04, 2013 at 3:05 pm

No one argued that "both parties do it, so that makes it ok," the point was that common sense tried to frame this as a bad thing that is an exclusive characteristic to Democrats, when in reality, both parties appoint people from within their party.  But why isn't it ok?  In a private business, would you hire someone who doesn't have the goals and values that the company has?  Would you hire someone who wants to take your company in a conflicting direction that you, the owner, wants it taken in?  Why appoint someone from the opposite party if their going to disagree with what the position is supposed to accomplish?  This position is subordinate to the Governor, why would he hire someone who would be insubordinate?


Also, you're still wrong on socialism.  I'm not defending the logic or value of socialism, I'm just saying that I still don't think you guys know what that word actually means. 

Commonsenseman wrote on May 04, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Its not okay because this state is in a  finanical crisis and the position is an unecessary one. Fix the pensions, roads, get people jobs, balance the budget  before you start giving away the taxpayers money

bluegrass wrote on May 06, 2013 at 10:05 am

No one argued that "both parties do it, so that makes it ok,"


Yeah, Quinn appointed a Democrat.  So what?  You think Republicans don't also appoint Republicans?  That's just how government works in all states, red and blue.




Sid Saltfork wrote on May 04, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Gee... according to Bluegrass, I am a "socialist".  If I am a "socialist, does that make Bluegrass a "National Socialist"?  His previous comments makes me wonder if he goose steps.  ( Hi Bluegrass :)

It is "Pathetic with a capital P" that both parties do it.  What is more pathetic is that they keep doing it.  It is not politics.  It is Corruption.  Illinois citizens have become so complaiscent with corruption that they think it is just politics.

If I were a "socialist", "communist", "arnachist", or "nationalist"; I would be encouraging that a deep, long ditch be dug.  I am just an Independent, nobody citizen who is getting tired of Illinois Corruption.

Bluegrass, hum us a few lines of Uber Alles....

alabaster jones 71 wrote on May 06, 2013 at 4:05 pm
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Why does capitalism need you to defend it?  Are you its self-appointed spokesman?  And where in this comment thread did anyone but yourself say anything negative about capitalism, or anything at all about capitalism, in the first place?

Also, I'm not exactly thrilled about ObamaCare either, but calling it socialism is a pretty big stretch.  Socialism would be if the government owned the hospitals and/or the insurance companies.  Forcing people to purchase insurance from a private company doesn't exactly qualify.


Sid Saltfork wrote on May 06, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Must be a thread problem in the comments?   Communisn, Socialism, and Capitalism were explained in some joke about a cow when I was in school.  I cannot remember the joke anymore; but I remember the smell of a cow from the comments on this article.

It's Illinois politics.  That is why the state is broke, and is a joke.  Pull into a Texas gas station, and someone will ask you: "You from Chicago?"

bluegrass wrote on May 08, 2013 at 9:05 am

Obamacare is more than forcing people to purchase insurance.  It is also about massively expanding the number of people who are on Medicaid, which is a government owned insurance company underwritten by taxpayers, health care providers, private health insurance premium payments, and massive public debt.  It is about setting up "exchanges," which no one to this point really knows what they are or how they'll work, but I'm sure the IL Bumbler in Chief has some good people on it....   Obamacare is about shutting out competition of smaller insurance companies who offer different types of health care products, and forcing consolidation into bigger and bigger companies.  It is much easier for the government to control a handful of health insurance companies than thousands.  If the government can control the health insurance companies paying the bills they also control the doctors, the nurses, the hospitals, and everything else that goes with it.  And if you don't think that's already happening and not working, all you need to do is go talk to any administrator or doctor, and ask them how much Medicare and Medicaid reimburse for their procedures and services compared to private insurance companies.  All this is done with the intention of consolidating the power, money, and control of the system into the hands of government, or "the people."  Oh, and they're doing it for our own good.

This is not conspiracy theory.  This is just the simple reality, and what we will see happen as the bill is implemented over the next 3 years.  Even if I give you the benefit of the doubt, and agree with you that Obamacare isn't technically Socialism to the letter of your definition.  So what?  It is more like a massive belly flop towards socialized medicine, and especially considering the finances of the state of IL and our federal government, the pool is empty.  But hey, lucky for us Dr. Gill is out there, somewhere, coordinating the coordination of coordinators, helping with the "changeover," and enjoying his $127K a year nut for continually fighting the good fight by losing elections for the party.  I'm sure everything will be fine.....

Sid Saltfork wrote on May 08, 2013 at 1:05 pm

bluegrass;  Do you have a good health insurance plan?  Are you a business owner?

The fact that the population of working poor is growing rapidly due to employees working less than 40 hours per week, or as temporary workers means that a growing number of workers have no insurance.  Maybe, Obamacare needs tweeking, or big changes; but the reality is that something has to be done before this population becomes the majority of workers.  If you have any alternatives to this not being put "into the hands of government, or the people", please give them.  Obviously, this uninsured population problem cannot be allowed to get worse.

bluegrass wrote on May 08, 2013 at 5:05 pm

In answer to your questions, "What difference does that make NOW?!!"

If you don't feel like the "working poor" are being treated fairly, then you really should hate Obamacare.  What is going to happen is that people who make the least amount of money will be turned from full time to part time workers, so they don't have to fall under the legislation.  Companies with 50+ employees on the edge will trim the lowest on the totem polls to get them under 50 if they can, so they don't have to worry about Obamacare.  Companies close to 50 employees will make decisions about how to handle NOT getting over that number, NOT hiring new people.  All for our own good. 

I don't have to have an alternative to what were were doing already, to know that what we plan on doing in the future is going to be a complete and total failure of the first order.  This is classic liberalism and socialism at it's finest.  Obamacare forces a majority to have a worse system, so that a few can have a horrible system.


Sid Saltfork wrote on May 08, 2013 at 9:05 pm

So it is Obama's fault that employers are not paying any amount of the workers health insurance premiums?  I believe this trend goes back before Obama.  There would be no need for change, or as you refer to it as "classic liberalism and socialism at it's finest", if employers had paid some of the health insurance cost.  It has saved employers millions of dollars over the past ten, or more years.  They benefited in high profits.  Are we returning to the days of the Robber Barons?  Obamacare does protect me from a pre-existing condition clause.  It provides much more to others.  If it needs tweeking in it's start, that can be done.  What cannot be done is to continue with the personal bankruptcies, and emergency room cold centers that the lack of insurance causes.

Oh.... it is going to rain the next couple of days.  It is Obama's fault...sure....  

billbtri5 wrote on May 04, 2013 at 6:05 pm

 usually it's someone who was in office but was defeated that gets these "important" jobs...