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Political firm had key job in Get Covered Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — A key subcontractor working to promote President Barack Obama's health care law in Illinois is a Chicago firm owned by three former aides to powerful Democrats.

Mike Noonan, Victor Reyes and Maze Jackson are among the consultants whose hourly billing rate of $282 is raising questions about whether Illinois did enough to rein in federal taxpayer costs during the "Get Covered Illinois" campaign.

Their firm, Compass Public Affairs, could take assignments directly from Gov. Pat Quinn's administration under a special provision of its subcontract. Compass was part of a team assembled by the main contractor, FleishmanHillard.

Noonan is a former staffer for Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. Reyes is an ex-aide to former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Jackson is a former statewide field director for Gov. Pat Quinn.

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