Call for investigation into email alluding to possible cover-up



Calls continue to mount for an investigation into emails alluding to a possible cover-up from a former Quincy lawmaker and longtime lobbyist.


U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, along with the four other Republican congressmen from Illinois, called on Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the possible rape and cover-up in Champaign.


"If these disturbing allegations, that were revealed this week, are true there's a victim out there that deserves justice and a criminal that should be prosecuted," the delegation said in a joint statement.


This comes as House Speaker Michael Madigan said he would not initiate a House-led inquiry into the recently unearthed 2012 email written by Michael McClain that alluded to a possible cover-up of a "rape in Champaign" and other criminal activity.


The email, uncovered in an open records request by WBEZ-FM radio station in Chicago, was sent to two high-ranking members of then-Gov. Pat Quinn's staff seeking leniency for a state employee facing disciplinary action.


In the email, McClain -- a former lobbyist for the public utility Commonwealth Edison and a close Madigan confidant – said the employee "kept his mouth shut on Jones' ghost workers, the rape in Champaign and other items ... He is loyal to the administration."


House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs sent Madigan a letter Thursday requesting a House committee be given full subpoena authority to launch an investigation by the State Goverment Administration Committee.


"I spoke with the governor and he confirmed the matter was referred to the appropriate authorities," Madigan wrote. "Recognizing the sensitivity of the matter for any potential survivors, any investigation should be handled by the appropriate investigative entities without interference by the General Assembly."


Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at an unrelated news conference Thursday the matter was forwarded to the Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General for investigation.

"I think all of us want to know, what are they referring to, because I don't think it's clear yet what circumstances are being referred to in this email," he said. "… In order to get the answers, we've gotta do an investigation, we've gotta figure out what the real facts are … and then we've gotta hold those accountable who are responsible for perpetrating either the crime, the cover-up or the threats that are associated in that email."


Aside from the letter to Durkin, Madigan's office released only a three-sentence statement on the matter Wednesday. It said, "These are extremely serious and troubling allegations. I had no knowledge of the incident referenced in the story and only learned of this today. I encourage those with any information to come forward."


Source: https://www.whig.com/20200111/call-for-investigation-into-email-alluding-to-possible-cover-up

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