St. Louis Public Radio News
6:57 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Quinn re-hiring former chief of staff Stermer

CHICAGO – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has re-hired his former chief of staff.

Jerry Stermer resigned after violating state ethics rules.

Stermer admitted that he sent three emails related to the gubernatorial campaign from his state account.

Quinn said that he asked Stermer to come back to his administration as an advisor.

"He made three inadvertent mistakes," Quinn said, "He didn't do it consciously, but he made a mistake three times with the emails out of 38,000 and he self-reported that. So I think he gets some credit for that."

Quinn says he'll discipline Stermer by not paying him for five days of work.