CHICAGO - Veteran Chicago-based public finance banker and financial adviser Bill Morris said he will focus on public service in the nearterm after Colorado-based D.A. Davidson & Co. closed its Chicago office on Friday.

Morris, a former Democratic state senator and Waukegan mayor, was named last week by his longtime friend Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to serve on the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority board as the governor seeks to put his stamp on the authority amid various contracting scandals involving firms tied to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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