Illinois torture commission resuming investigation

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The Illinois commission that evaluates police torture cases will resume its work under new leadership.

The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission has been on hold for three months after Governor Pat Quinn forced out its executive director, David Thomas.

Thomas is being replaced by Barry Miller, who was part of the team of federal prosecutors who charged former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge with lying about torture.

Miller now faces a backlog of 150 cases of allegations, but not all of them are related to Burge.

The commission has been slowed down by funding and staffing issues.


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