Jesse Jackson Wants Torture Panel Seated … Now

Quinn to fill commission by the end of the month

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he wants Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to immediately fill positions on the state's torture commission.

The civil rights leader made the call on Saturday, the same week former Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice. Burge was charged for allegedly lying in another civil suit when he said he'd never participated in or witnessed any torture.

Jackson wants the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission "to be fully functional in a matter of days."

Quinn plans to appoint members to the torture commission "within the month," a spokeswoman said. The commission's goal is to investigate claims of torture by law enforcement.

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