CHICAGO - Illinois Lieut. Gov. Pat Quinn - who would take the reins of state government if the General Assembly acts to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich - yesterday named a former federal prosecutor to lead an ethics panel with the charge of overhauling state government.
"I think we need to fumigate state government," Quinn said yesterday following a sold-out luncheon address at the City Club of Chicago in which he announced the formation of the panel to be led by Patrick Collins. Collins led the federal government's case against former Gov. George Ryan, who was convicted in 2006 of corrupt practices during his tenure as secretary of state.