AG Madigan Blasts Blagojevich 'Culture Of Secrecy'

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has blasted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich for imposing a "culture of secrecy" on state agencies under his control and hampering the release of public records.

Madigan told the Illinois Reform Commission that the Blagojevich administration repeatedly refused to release information that the public and the press were legally entitled to under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

The commission was created by new Gov. Pat Quinn to come up with ways to clean up Illinois government in the wake of the Blagojevich scandal. Blagojevich was removed from office last week after being impeached following his arrest on federal corruption charges.

Madigan has given Quinn suggestions for how to increase compliance with the law.

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