Top Official in Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Admin Resigns After Fallout from Lobbyist’s Email

Top Official in Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Admin Resigns After Fallout from Lobbyist’s Email

SPRINGFIELD – A top cabinet official in Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration tendered his resignation in connection with apparent fallout from last week’s report about a former lobbyist’s email that defended a state worker facing disciplinary accusations for having stayed silent about “the rape in Champaign.”

Governor J.B. Pritzker sought and accepted Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan’s resignation last weekend.

The governor said Director Sullivan had a long and productive public service career as a State Senator, and he’s grateful for his willingness to serve in the administration. However, according to a statement from the Pritzker’s office, the governor holds all state employees to the highest ethical standards.

Pritzker requested the Director’s resignation because he was “disturbed” hearing then-Senator Sullivan became aware of the existence of the July 31, 2012 email contemporaneously, and did not handle it appropriately, including not alerting the inspector general or other authorities.

The statement added the governor’s general counsel has shared all of the information learned from Director Sullivan with the Office of the Executive Inspector General, and offered to share this information with all law enforcement agencies looking into the incident.

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