Illinois Lt. Govenor pledges to clean up state politics


Pat Quinn, Patrick Colins
Pat Quinn, Patrick Colins

Former assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins, left, speaks during a press conference after Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn right, announced Collins will head the Illinois Reform Commission in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 05, 2009.

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Published: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 3:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 3:06 p.m.

CHICAGO Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is offering his plan for reforming Illinois government but says restoring public faith in state government won't be easy.

In an op-ed piece published Sunday in the Chicago Tribune, Quinn makes five recommendations for cleaning up state government.

They include better enforcement of ethics laws and ending automatic pay raises for high-level public officials without a vote.

Quinn will become governor if Gov. Rod Blagojevich is removed from office over corruption charges. Blagojevich was impeached Friday by the Illinois House and now faces a trial in the state Senate.

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.

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