Quinn: No Apologies For Past Blagojevich Support

05/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- New Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn't owe any apologies for his past support of Rod Blagojevich, who wound up being arrested and tossed out of office.

Quinn was elected lieutenant governor twice as Blagojevich's running mate. The second time, he backed Blagojevich despite a federal investigation and allegations of corruption.

Quinn was asked Wednesday whether he should apologize, but he said the voters of Illinois "do not want to look backwards, they want to look forwards."

He says apologies aren't necessary and instead the focus should be on cleaning up Illinois government.

Quinn and Blagojevich were never close, but Quinn sometimes defended his running mate from criticism. After they were re-elected in 2006, the two openly feuded over major policy questions.