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Quinn Fires Executive Inspector General Wright

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    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday told the executive inspector general responsible for reviewing ethics complaints at several state agencies that he would soon be replaced.

    James Wright was appointed to the position in 2005 by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  His term expired two years ago, but Blagojevich and Quinn did not make any staffing changes.

    Until Friday.

    "I just feel it was time for a change and a new direction," Quinn said. "I did not appoint Mr. Wright to be the inspector general, and it’s a key position in state government. I thought it would be better for me to appoint someone that I felt was best suited for that job."

    The governor said he would name someone new to the position in the near future.

    "In this position, you ruffle feathers sometimes," an aide quoted Wright as saying, according to the State Journal-Register.