McGehee files AG request for review of alleged wrongdoings

Originally Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2014, 9:12 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 12, 2014, 2:07 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

This story was edited Aug. 12, 2014, to correct the name of the Rock Island County Board chairman. 

ROCK ISLAND -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has now received a formal request from Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee to review allegations of criminal wrongdoing in a civil lawsuit filed against county officials.

Mr. McGehee announced on July 29 that he would refer the case to Ms. Madigan's office but it emerged last Friday that he had yet to officially make the request. On Monday, Mr. McGehee released a statement that said Ms. Madigan's office had now received the request for review.

The civil whistleblower lawsuit brought against the county and county board chairman Phil Banaszek by Meg Hoskins, who was the county's human resources director until she was fired last year, alleges she was fired after refusing to participate in establishing an "illegal pension scheme" for some county board members.

Mr. McGehee had asked Illinois State Police to review allegations in the lawsuit to see if a criminal investigation was warranted. After the state police conducted their review and handed it to Mr. McGehee, he decided to refer the case to Ms. Madigan's office.


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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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