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Illinois senator apologizes for Nazi remark

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Sen. Donne Trotter has apologized for remarks that compared a member of Gov. Pat Quinn's cabinet to a Nazi.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/10KQcHc) that Trotter apologized in a statement Tuesday to Julie Hamos, who is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Trotter says his comments were "inappropriate and wrong."

Trotter's original comment came in an interview with public radio station WUIS-FM in Springfield (http://bit.ly/14sBlFT). He likened Democrat Quinn's support for Hamos to Adolf Hitler's support for Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

The Chicago Jewish Federation has condemned Trotter's remark.

Hamos heads the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The Illinois Senate's African-American and Latino caucuses have been pushing unsuccessfully for Quinn to replace her. They object to health care cuts affecting the poor and disabled.

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