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Gregg loses Illinois Supreme Court appeal over board appointment

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HARRISBURG, Ill. -- Not too long after Governor Bruce Rauner took office in 2015, one of his staff members asked former Harrisburg mayor Eric Gregg to resign from the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. 

"For them to do that was completely off base," Gregg said.

Former Governor Pat Quinn appointed him to the post in 2012 and Gregg started serving the following year after dealing with a ruptured intestine that almost killed him.

"It felt like somebody shot me in the stomach," Gregg said.

The Illinois constitution allows the governor to remove an appointee under certain circumstances and the governor's office points to two issues: a lift chair Gregg received in 2013 as part of his recovery that he didn't report and a bankruptcy filing that listed his wife's income as his own.

Gregg said Rauner's decision to remove him from the board was purely political.

"Nothing, nothing that I have done rises to neglect of duty, malfeasance, inability to serve, or incompetence," Gregg said. "Nothing."

An Illinois circuit court agreed and reinstated Gregg but an appellate court decided it wasn't something the court could rule on and allowed Rauner's decision to stand.

Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court followed the appellate court.

"When we start letting people in positions of power and authority, more-or-less bully us and push us around, then we're all in trouble," Gregg said.

Gregg worries the Illinois Supreme Court's decision could give the governor broad authority to fire anyone he wants for no reason.

And he's going to look at any available options to keep fighting the decision.

Gregg says he plans to continue serving Harrisburg in some capacity, even possibly running for mayor again next year.

He said he has to talk about that with his wife first before making a final decision.

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