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,

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 Tuesday, Sept, 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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