Illinois lawmakers met today to discuss the Gov Quinn’s scandal-plagued anti-violence grant program. Only Billy Ocasio, former alderman and senior advisor to Governor Quinn showed up for the hearing.
“I just want to say that for the record I am here and 2. I have no documents,” Ocasio said.
The other six former Quinn aides had their attorneys convey the same message: They have no documents and their clients aren’t appearing because the justice department said their open testimony could compromise it’s criminal investigation.
The people who were subpoenaed had high level jobs in the governor’s office and some were directly involved in the neighborhood recovery initiative, a state program, now under fire, that gave $55 million to anti-violence programs in several Chicago communities.
Republicans say the program was used as a political slush fund for Quinn during the 2010 election.
There was also theater outside the Bilandic building, where gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner supporters dressed up in costume and activist Father Michael Pfleger defended the state money St. Sabina’s church got while blasting republicans and what he called their political agenda.