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Ex-Quinn Chief of Staff Turns to Lobbying

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A former top aide to Gov. Pat Quinn is now a lobbyist whose clients include a group representing casino owners and a company hoping to get into the medical marijuana business.

Lee Enterprises reports that Jack Lavin started his own lobbying business in February. He left his government job last September.

Lavin's new venture is being questioned by some because of the state's "revolving door ban." That's meant to prevent top state officials from joining companies that have contracts with state government.

Among Quinn's biggest decisions when Lavin served as chief of staff were expanding gambling and legalizing medical marijuana

Republican state Sen. Darin LaHood of Dunlap says Lavin's move merits closer scrutiny.   But Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says Lavin consulted an attorney and state ethics officer before leaving.

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