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01/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pat Quinn: Potential Blagojevich Replacement An Outsider's Insider

In a state so plagued by cronyism and shady self-dealing that the head of the FBI here didn't hesitate to call Illinois one of the -- if not the -- most corrupt states in the nation, Lieut. Governor Pat Quinn is considered something of a Goody Two-Shoes. Responsible for slashing the size of the state legislature, he has been booed by legislators on the capitol floor. He keeps a minimal staff and is said to charge $75 a ticket for fundraisers -- at a time when entry to most is well into the hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The former tax attorney and divorced father of two started a citizens' oversight board for the state's utilities. His populist sympathies even led him to support a bill last year that would have allowed citizens to use recall campaigns to boot politicians from office.

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