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Mon January 12, 2009
IL Lt Gov Pat Quinn Outlines Plan for Reform in IL Govt
By Todd Hatton/AP
Springfield, IL – Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn is offering his plan for reforming Illinois government, but he says restoring the public's faith in state government won't be easy.
In an op-ed piece published yesterday in the Chicago Tribune, Quinn makes five recommendations for cleaning up state government.
They include passing a recall amendment, better enforcing ethics laws and ending automatic pay raises for high-level public officials without a vote.
Quinn will become governor if embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich is removed from office.
Quinn says Illinois is "bombarded" with corruption stories when it should be "bursting with pride" over President-elect Barack Obama's move to the White House.
Blagojevich, who faces corruption charges, was impeached Friday by the Illinois House. The Senate will now hold a trial.