Beyond the prepared statement Gov. Pat Quinn offered Wednesday on U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson's resignation, the governor praised the South Shore Democrat for taking "accountability" for his mistakes.
But when asked to react to the "mistakes" Jackson cited in his resignation letter, Quinn
sidestepped entirely any direct mention of a federal investigation.
"There's no question that the Jackson family and Congressman Jackson,
in particular, made significant contributions to the state of
Illinois. And, if there were mistakes made by the congressman, he's
taken responsibility for those, and that's what accountability is all
about," the governor said after an appearance at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
"All of us have to be accountable, and we have to be folks who
serve the community," the governor said.