Posts tagged: David Reis

Three Investigations Into Quinn’s $55 Million Anti-Violence Program

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Illinois taxpayers should be upset about the millions of taxpayer dollars that Governor Pat Quinn distributed to anti-violence groups in the Chicago, Rockford and Metro-East areas during the months leading up to his 2010 election, a state lawmaker said Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Legislative Audit Commission announced it would be reviewing Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

Would this panel overlooking Quinn’s program be hinting of a pre-impeachment investigation?

“No, no,” insisted Commission member State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) to Illinois Review. “The bi-partisan Legislative Audit Commission monitors all legislative audits, and we meet regularly. But this is the first time the commission has asked for subpoena powers.”

All members of the committee except one – Chairman Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) — agreed this week to subpoena powers to investigate records and talk to witnesses about how the governor distributed $55 million in 2010 through the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

“Even with subpoena powers, we still need a majority on the commission to agree to send out subpoenas,” Reis said.

“The Commission’s subpoena authority allows members to dig deeper into NRI’s documentation, including emails, phone records and contract records, as well as question individuals involved in managing the multi-million dollar grant program,” Reis said.

“We are going to take every step necessary to protect taxpayer resources and expose unethical behavior surrounding the program.”

In 2011, State Senator Matt Murphy (R-Palatine), introduced a resolution asking the auditor general to audit the program, but couldn’t get the proposal out of committee. In 2012, Reis tried to pass a resolution to launch an investigation of the program and was supported by Latinos unhappy money was not spent in their communities. The program was audited and cut back from $30 million to $15 million, but continued.

The legislative commission’s new investigation is separate from the one being conducted by the Feds and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (D-Chicago). Thus far, Attorney General Lisa Madigan has not raised concern about Quinn’s program, often citing the need not to double up on federal investigations.

AG Madigan’s silence on the Quinn probes interested Republican candidate for attorney general, Paul Schrimpf.

“Lisa Madigan’s actions–or lack thereof–over the last 11 years speak for themselves. She has proven that fighting corruption is not remotely close to her top priority,” Schimpf told Illinois Review. “Illinois needs an Attorney General with prosecutorial experience who can focus on rooting out corruption.”

In 2012, the Auditor General found the NRI program was “hastily implemented” with “pervasive deficiencies in Illinois Violence Prevention Authority’s (IVPA) planning, implementation and management.” The IVPA was disbanded in Fiscal Year 2013 and the NRI programs were put under the direction of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Grundy County GOP Calls for Pat Brady to Step Down

Written by David E. Smith

Last night (1-09-2013), the Grundy County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution calling for the resignation of Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady to step down.  Here is the motion that passed:

Be it resolved that the Grundy County Republican Party Central Committee immediately send correspondence to the Illinois Republican State Central Committee calling for the resignation of Patrick Brady as the State Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and for his replacement by someone who supports the 2012 Platform of the Illinois Republican Party, including its position supporting traditional marriage and the traditional family.

This resolution is in response to the news that Brady was “personally” endorsing the redefinition of marriage and family.  During the lame duck session, Brady was reportedly lobbying fellow Republicans in the Illinois State Senate in favor of this anti-family policy.  According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Brady said that this radical Leftist policy “…strengthens families and reinforces a key Republican value – that the law should treat all citizens equally.”

This simply demonstrates how woefully uninformed Brady is on how fundamentally important marriage and family are to society.  Not only does redefining marriage damage the institution (as demonstrated by Stanley Kurtz in this scholarly article in the Weekly Standard), but it is intellectually dishonest to suggest that standing for traditional marriage is discriminatory — as the Illinois Republican Platform equivocally does.

Every American citizen — regardless of sexual preferences — is free to pursue relationships with any consenting adult of their choice.  No one is stopping them.  Yes, those who identify as homosexual have the freedom to make lifetime commitments to whomever they wish. They also have the right to marry someone of the opposite sex if they choose.   Liberal activists, however, do NOT  have the right to redefine the institution of marriage for everyone else.  Nor do they have the right to compel the belief that homosexual relationships are equal to the marriage relationship.  THEY ARE NOT EQUAL.

Brady faces growing calls for his resignation, at a time when some Illinois Republicans are rethinking the party’s dismal performance in leadership and in election cycles over the past decade.  The time is right, the cause is just.

For the record, Illinois Family Action called for Brady’s resignation last week.  State Representative David Reis (R-Olney), a pro-family leader from southern Illinois, also issued a press release last week calling for Brady’s resignation, according to an article on Illinois Review.  The Illinois Center Right Coalition also recently passed a resolution calling on the Illinois Republican Party’s chairman Pat Brady to resign.  And 2012 Platform Committee members David E. Smith, Karen Hayes and John Parrott have also called for Brady to step down.

Feel free to call the Illinois GOP at (217) 525-0011 to demand that this Benedict Arnold be thrown out…

Modified by Matthew