Attorney General hasn't received McGehee's request to investigate RI County officials

Originally Posted Online: Aug. 08, 2014, 7:06 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 09, 2014, 7:58 am
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By Eric Timmons,

MOLINE - A spokesperson for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday afternoon she has not received a formal request to investigate alleged corruption by Rock Island County officials, 10 days after Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee said he was referring the case to Ms. Madigan's office.

At a press conference Friday, Rock Island County Republican Party Chairman Bill Bloom called on Ms. Madigan to make a statement on the investigation and how it would be handled.

But Natalie Bauer, a spokeswoman for Ms. Madigan, said late Friday that the AG's office had yet to receive an official request to investigate the case.

"There's nothing much we can do until we receive the information," Ms. Bauer said.

On July 29, Mr. McGehee said he was asking Ms. Madigan to investigate alleged corruption by county officials after a preliminary review of allegations was conducted by the Illinois State Police.

The allegations come from a civil lawsuit brought against Rock Island County and county board chairman Phil Banaszek by the county's former human resources director Meg Hoskins.

On Friday, Mr. McGehee said he had spoken on the phone with Ms. Madigan's office but had yet to send a formal request to review and documents about the case to the AG's office

"I've just been so busy with criminal and other matters," Mr. McGehee said, adding that he will send the request soon.

The whistleblower lawsuit brought by Ms. Hoskins alleges that she was fired in retaliation for refusing to establish an "illegal pension scheme" for a small group of county board members.

The alleged scheme was to let them use credits for working for the Rock Island County Forest Preserve to count toward their county board pension, even though that was forbidden by the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, according to the suit.

At a Republican press conference Friday, Mr. Bloom called on Ms. Madigan to conduct a "swift and through investigation" of alleged wrongdoing at the county and to keep the public informed about progress on the case.

Mr. Bloom spoke alongside Paul Schimpf, the Republican candidate for attorney general, who said he would make combating corruption by public officials his top priority if he defeats Ms. Madigan in the November elections.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.

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