Quinn Fires Former Blago Aide, Convicted Felon

Steven Guerra earned $120,000 a year under Blagojevich

Another one of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's staff members bites the dust in Springfield.

Gov. Pat Quinn has fired another aide to the former governor.

Steven Guerra once earned $120,000 a year as Blagojevich's deputy chief of staff for community services, but Guerra was also once  convicted for refusing to testify about a Puerto Rican separatist group.

Quinn spokesman Robert Reed says the governor wants to go in another direction. Hmmm. We've heard that line before.

Blagojevich refused to explain Guerra's hiring after the Chicago Sun-Times revealed the aide's conviction in 2007. The 55-year-old served 23 months in prison in the 1980s for refusing to testify before a grand jury about terrorist activities by the Puerto Rican independence movement known as FALN.

The group claimed responsibility for over 100 bombings in the U.S. that killed six from 1974 to 1983.


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