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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker asked for the resignation of his
Agriculture Director, John Sullivan, after learning from
investigators that Sullivan knew about an alleged rape cover-up and
never reported it, according to a spokesperson for the governor. John
Sullivan’s resignation was accepted over the weekend. Pritzker’s
spokesperson, Emily Bittner, said the Governor’s general counsel
discovered the link, and shared all the information she learned from
Sullivan with the Office of the Executive Inspector General, and
offered to share that information with all law enforcement agencies
looking into the situation. Bittner said the Governor requested
Sullivan’s resignation because the then- state senator Sullivan
became aware of the 2012 email that was reportedly sent to the
then-Governor Pat Quinn administration in 2012, asking for a
political favor for state employee and Quincy resident, Forrest
Ashby, and Sullivan did not handle it appropriately. Ashby allegedly
helped cover up a rape in Champaign and ghost payrolling.
Prior to being sworn in, JB Pritzker announced in December of 2018
that Sullivan from Rushville would serve as Agriculture Director for
his upcoming administration. Sullivan served as state senator of the
47th district from 2003 to 2016 and as chair of the Senate’s
Agriculture and Conservation committee.