Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Democratic candidate for Illinois’ 18th District House seat, spoke in support Friday of Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, lauding the governor for his proposals on green job creation and seeking federal dollars for high-speed rail. Quinn delivered his speech Wednesday afternoon in Springfield.
Saying the governor referred to nine major accomplishments of last year, Keenan-Devlin noted that, as Legislative Director of Citizen Action/ Illinois, he helped steer two of those through the Illinois General Assembly.
Those two measures are:
- The Homeowner Protection Act, which established a moratorium up to 60 days on mortgage foreclosures for homeowners who enter into financial/mortgage counseling.
- The establishment of an independent medical review board, which assesses all health insurance claims that have been denied.
Keenan-Devlin commented on other goals the governor discussed in his speech.
- “I support Gov. Quinn’s initiative to invest in alternative energies, in order to create jobs – green collar jobs – in Illinois,” Keenan-Devlin said. “If Illinois wants to remain competitive, our state will have to invest a greater amount of resources in alternative energy and green infrastructure.”
- He supported Quinn in calling for improvements to rail service and public transportation. “We have a great opportunity to start developing a high-speed rail corridor in Illinois,” said Keenan-Devlin. “I stand with Gov. Quinn in urging the General Assembly to invest in high-speed rail and draw on federal dollars to initiate such a project.”
- He noted that Quinn called for legislation to reform cemeteries after the Burr Oak cemetery scandal in which human remains were removed from graves and the plots were resold for profit.
- “I worked this past year with Comptroller Dan Hynes to protect consumers from fraudulent cemetery sales,” said Keenan-Devlin. “The legislation, which Gov. Quinn ultimately signed into law, requires that every dollar spent on a cemetery plot be placed with an independent trustee. The bill also establishes a consumer protection fund for funeral contracts.”
The Democratic primary election will be held Feb. 2. Early voting started Jan. 11. The 18th House district in Illinois includes Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe and a portion of Rogers Park.
Keenan-Devlin has served as Legislative Director of Citizen Action/Illinois, the state’s largest public advocacy organization, and Health Policy Advocate at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. He has been a board member of United Way of Evanston, the League of Women Voters of Evanston, the Democratic Party of Evanston and the New Trier Democratic Organization.