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Illinois ag director resigns over lack of response to rape email

Illinois ag director resigns over lack of response to rape email

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging that he received but did not act on, a lobbyist’s email seven years ago which referenced an alleged rape cover-up and illegal hiring practices.

John Sullivan said in a statement Monday that he did not read the email thoroughly at the time but said, “I accept responsibility for what was truly an unintentional oversight and the subsequent inaction.”  Sullivan said if he would have fully read the e-mail he would have acted.

The Governor had asked for Sullivan’s resignation over the weekend because he was disturbed that then-Senator Sullivan did not handle the e-mail appropriately.

The July 2012 email from Michael McClain sought leniency from gubernatorial aides for a “loyal” state employee who “has kept his mouth shut on … ghost workers, the rape in Champaign and other items.”