WASHINGTON, D.C. – An recently discovered email written by close House Speaker Mike Madigan confidante Michael McClain to former Governor Quinn's high level staff argued for a state employee to keep his job because he "kept his mouth shut" about an alleged rape in Champaign County. The Champaign County State's Attorney, a four term Democrat Julia Rietz, is apparently shrugging off the accusation.
That doesn't set well with members of Illinois' Republican Congressional Caucus.
Monday, U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and Mike Bost (R-Ill.) released a joint statement calling on the Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged rape and cover up in Champaign.
“These revelations are extremely troubling and a thorough independent investigation needs to happen immediately. We are very concerned that the Champaign County State’s Attorney has determined she will not investigate this alleged crime. 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. Given the unwillingness of the local state’s attorney to investigate this alleged crime and ties to the governor’s campaign, we believe a special prosecutor is warranted.”
What's this all about? Illinois Review touched on WBEZ's breaking story earlier this week HERE.