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The 2013 Dodge Dart (Chrysler Corp. photo)

WASHINGTON--Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is in New York on Friday for a Democrat Governors Association winter policy conference--which also includes opportunities to stroke DGA donors. Quinn, guesting on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said the new Dodge Dart will be made in Illinois.

Discussing manufacturing jobs, Quinn said that "Chrysler is announcing next week" the revived Dodge Dart will be manufactured in the giant Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.

The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday that "Chrysler is hiring about 400 to 500 new employees to support the production of the Dodge Dart compact car" in Belvidere and that Chrysler will hold an "event at the Belvidere plant next Thursday to celebrate the decision to produce the Dart at the plant and dedicate a new body shop.

"Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will both attend."

Quinn also said he liked President Barack Obama's proposal, made in the State of the Union address, for students to stay in school until they graduate or reach the age of 18. In Illinois, students have to stay in school only until the age of 17. Quinn did say if he was going to push for a higher dropout age.

"I like the fact that the president said kids have to stay in school until they are 18. Jobs follow brainpower. We have to understand that investing in education, including community colleges, is the key to a nimble economy," Quinn said.

below, from the Democratic Governors Association...

Winter Policy Conference
Successful Public-Private Partnerships:
Creating Jobs by Reinvesting in Our Infrastructure

New York, NY * January 26-27, 2012

Presented by the Democratic Governors Association &
The Center for Innovative Policy

Hosted by:
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York



Attending Governors
Gov. Martin O'Malley * State of Maryland * DGA Chair
Gov. Steve Beshear * Commonwealth of Kentucky
Gov. Andrew Cuomo * State of New York
Gov. Jack Markell * State of Delaware
Gov. Jay Nixon * State of Missouri
Gov. Pat Quinn * State of Illinois
Gov. Peter Shumlin * State of Vermont
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin * State of West Virginia

Attending Candidate
U.S. Representative Jay Inslee * State of Washington

Conference Schedule
Thursday, January 26th
6:30 pm - Opening Reception
Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Friday, January 27th
8:00 - 9:00 am - Founders' Circle, Chairman's Board, & Sponsor Breakfast
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Policy Discussion on Successful Public-Private Partnerships:
Creating Jobs by Reinvesting in Our Infrastructure
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Closing Luncheon
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Meeting Hours
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
*** There will be no media availability at this event. ***

Conference Registration
There is a $350.00 fee per person to attend this conference.
DGA Members at the Patron's Council Level and above are welcome to attend this event.
Founders' Circle Members recieve four (4) registration fee waivers.
Chairman's Board Members receive two (2) registration fee waivers.
Governors' Circle Members receive one (1) registration fee waiver.
DGA Members and Conference Sponsors Only

Conference Host Hotel
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers - SOLD OUT
811 7th Avenue at 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Room Rates: begin at $189 per night
*to be placed on the waitlist contact Anna Cleveland at or (202) 525-0368

Cancellations made after January 12th may incur the full room rate if the DGA is unable to fill the room vacancy.

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