Quinn Administration Being Committed to History

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Quinn Administration Being Committed to History


Quinn administration being committed to history

With weeks to go in Gov. Pat Quinn's term, a flurry of activity behind the scenes is trying to help the historians of the future understand the politics that sometimes confuse us in the present.

David Joens, director of the Illinois State Archives, is working with the Quinn administration to get six years of papers and emails from top officials preserved for good in the archives.

Joens says Quinn's office has been a big help in the process.

Adding to the size of the job: Quinn's office also is helping Joens and his staff get relevant emails from the Rod Blagojevich years, too. You may remember the previous governor's exit from office wasn't the smoothest.

After the archives office gets all the stuff, it will take years to sort through it and determine how best to make the emails in particular available for public consumption, Joens says.

For now, though, the job is to preserve everything.

"At least we know they're in a safe place," Joens said. "We'd like to at least have it."

The information someday could shed additional light on how certain decisions were made and why. And the volume of information in this increasingly digital time could be pretty revealing.

"We haven't really dealt with this on this level," Joens said.

Moving on

Republican Lt. Gov.-elect Evelyn Sanguinetti resigned her seat on the Wheaton City Council at its meeting this week.

She made brief comments at her final meeting. She says she'll continue to live in Wheaton and that she made lifelong friends on the council.

"I came to you with all my vulnerabilities, all my brokenness and just wanted to serve all of you with a servant's heart," Sanguinetti said. "And so then came a man named Bruce Rauner that kind of saw all my vulnerabilities, all my brokenness, but my servant's heart."

Fellow council member Todd Scalzo wished her well.

"Don't go Springfield on us," he said. "Don't go Hollywood on us, with all your handlers. …

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