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January 2009

Blagojevich's Chief Counsel Quits


While much of the mainstream media was monopolized by the Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to fill President-elect’s vacant Senate seat, another of the embattled governor’s top staff resigned with barely an acknowledgement in the press. Attorney William J. Quinlan, general counsel, resigned to return to private practice. No other details were provided.

Quinlan’s political pedigree includes his father, William R. Quinlan, who was a county and state appellate judge, and chief counsel for three Chicago mayors. His uncle is former County Board President Richard Phelan, and he's worked for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, and former U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski.

Speculation abounds regarding the involvement of Blagojevich’s inner circle in the development of the federal government’s case against him.

Photo: Stephen J. Serio