Gov. Pat Quinn wants torture commission chief out

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is asking for the resignation of the director of a commission established to investigate alleged police torture cases in Chicago.

Quinn cites director David Thomas for "gross failure to follow the law" in a letter to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. He says Thomas did not notify relatives of crime victims that the commission was considering torture allegations in their cases. Commission Chairman Cheryl Starks also asked Thomas to step down.

Thomas did not immediately respond to a call to his office.

Quinn's office received complaints from a family of a couple killed in their Chicago home in 1983. The family learned through the media that the commission was investigating whether police tortured the man convicted for the crime.

WLS-TV first reported the letter.

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