Blagojeivch holdover Steven Guerra fired

Bernard Schoenburg

Steven Guerra, a holdover from the Blagojevich administration as the governor’s deputy chief of staff for social services, was fired Friday.

Marlena Jentz, spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn, confirmed today that Guerra was dismissed on Friday, effective immediately. She said she could not comment further on the personnel matter.

Guerra, 55, of Chicago, was paid $120,000 annually from the Department of Human Services budget.

He made news in late 2008 when the Chicago Sun-Times reported that he had served 23 months in prison after being convicted of contempt of court in New York in 1983. He had refused to testify in connection with investigations of a Puerto Rican separatist group that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings in the U.S. that killed six and injured dozens from 1974 to 1983.

Abby Ottenhoff, a spokeswoman at the time for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, said last year that Guerra had never been a member of the FALN and wasn’t involved in activities that posed a threat to the public.

“He clearly and unequivocally condemns the violence attributed to FALN,” she said, according to the Associated Press.

Guerra joined the state in 2003. He had held leadership positions with nonprofit organizations, including Jane Addams Hull House Association and Chicago Youth Centers.

State Journal-Register