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SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Republican state senators are criticizing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for using a legal loophole to gain more time to help gt two appointees confirmed.

Quinn and the Senate faced an end of week deadline to re-appoint Julie Hamos as director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and appoint Manny Flores as head of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Quinn withdrew the nominations and then immediately resubmitted them.

Lawmakers have criticized the two appointees about budget cuts and other issues. Now State Sen. Tim Bivins of Dixon has filed an amendment preventing the clock from restarting if the governor withdraws a recommendation.

Quinn told reporters Senate President John Cullerton requested the procedural maneuver to gain more time. Cullerton’s spokeswoman confirmed the two had discussed using the procedure.