Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Quinn gets questioned about using private phone for work

Gov. Pat Quinn uses his own BlackBerry for government business, saying it saves taxpayers the cost of providing an official cell phone, but the practice also allows the governor to avoid public records laws.

Keeping tabs on politicians through public records, including the telephone numbers called on a state phone, helps to maintain public confidence, said Dr. Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at UIS.

Redfield's comments on the topic were featured in the August 10, 2009, Chicago Tribune.

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