Evanstonian Jerry Stermer has resigned as chief of staff for Gov. Pat Quinn in a controversy over political messages sent from his state e-mail account.

Stermer said he discovered last fall that he had inadvertently used the taxpayer-funded account to send three e-mail messages to the governor’s political consultant and reported the issue himself to the executive inspector general’s office.

Stermer, 67, of 2211 Grant St., was hired by Quinn shortly after he took office in early 2009. He had previously worked for two decades as president of Voices for Illinois Children, a privately-funded group that advocates for health care and education reform.

In announcing his resignation, Stermer, who earned $150,000 a year as the governor’s chief of staff, said, “I am holding myself accountable for a mistake I alone made. I do not want to be a distraction for the governor, the work of his administration and – most importantly – for the people of Illinois.”

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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