SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Quinn goes there

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010

* When Dan Hynes started running a negative ad slamming Gov. Pat Quinn over the botched early prisoner release program, I figured that Quinn would return the favor by dredging up the Burr Oak Cemetery tragedy. It happened this morning. You can probably safely bet that this issue will wind up in a TV ad.

From a press release…

The Quinn for Illinois campaign is calling on Comptroller Dan Hynes to give honest answers to consumers about the Illinois Funeral Directors Association Pre-Need Trust Fund – a Madoff-style Ponzi scheme that flourished for almost a decade under the Comptroller’s direct supervision.

“When Dan Hynes claims in his TV ads to be a good fiscal manager, Illinois voters need to take it with a $100 million grain of salt,” said Quinn campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Austin.

The basic issue is simple: In 2001, Dan Hynes learned that the IFDA’s pre- need trust fund was losing money. In just one year, the fund balance had dropped from an $18 million surplus to a troubling deficit.

Yet, according to legal filings and newspaper accounts, Comptroller Hynes waited eight long years before taking action to protect consumers. As a result, an estimated $100 million in consumer dollars vanished from the fund, and hundreds of family-owned funeral homes throughout Illinois are facing serious financial losses – even bankruptcy.

“We all know that Dan Hynes waited far too long to act on disturbing reports about conditions at the Burr Oak Cemetery,” Austin said. “The IFDA scandal shows that Comptroller Hynes has a decade-long history of ignoring serious problems – with disastrous consequences for 50,000 Illinois consumers.”

Austin noted that Hynes has refused to provide documents requested by Bruce Rushton, a reporter for the Springfield State Journal-Register, that might shed light on the Comptroller’s delay in acting to end the fraud and protect consumers.

“When well-respected journalists file legitimate requests for information from his own office, Comptroller Hynes loses his enthusiasm for transparency, accountability, and the public’s right to know,” Austin said.

There’s more, and you can read it all here.

* Meanwhile, a second early release program has been suspended

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday suspended a second early prison release program, this one for nearly 1,000 nonviolent offenders, amid growing questions about the administration’s attempt to ease the state’s cash crunch by cutting costs in the Department of Corrections.

About 170 prisoners had been released so far under the program Quinn announced in September, according to the prison agency.

Asked why the program was suspended, representatives for the prison department and Quinn’s office would only say it was pending a review of all early release programs to be done when the governor appoints someone to the new position of chief public safety officer in the corrections agency.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - How Ironic - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 9:56 am:

    Well, I think it’s safe to say that ‘the gloves are off’. This could be quite a show.

  2. - Moving to Oklahoma - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 9:58 am:

    == “When well-respected journalists file legitimate requests for information from his own office, Comptroller Hynes loses his enthusiasm for transparency, accountability, and the public’s right to know,” Austin said. ==

    Talk about a slap in the face. Obviously its no longer play time.

  3. - HUH - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:00 am:

    I hear Governor Quinn has moved Shaun Vink over to corrections to keep an eye on the director!

  4. - cassandra - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:09 am:

    So, the chief public safety officer, as yet unappointed, will essentially be making the decisions at DOC while the director is a figurehead? If I were Randle, I’d say no way.
    It’s public humiliation.

    The new de facto head of DOC is as likely as not to be another of the Democratic hacks that Quinn is so fond of hiring (and keeping) in state government. But if he surprises us and hires somebody with real creds, that’s a problem too, because the trends in the corrections field are towards less not more incarceration. Is Illinois going to buck that trend? If so, it’ll be expensive, and it’s unlikely to reduce recidivism because nearly everybody gets out someday.

  5. - OneMan - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:13 am:

    Yes, that’s it….

    About time some state dems went to GOP marksmanship school…

  6. - soccermom - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:17 am:

    This doesn’t seem to be about Burr Oaks. It’s a completely different issue.

  7. - Big Policy Nerd - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:19 am:

    It’s an easy question. Did the IFDA submit annual reports and did anyone at the Comptroller’s office read them? If not, while the fund continued to tank, did the Comptroller’s office conduct an annual audit? Hynes is speaking at the City Club today. Let the good times roll!

  8. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:28 am:

    Given what’s been going on at IDOC and the long sandbagging at Charleytown, Quinn beating the transparency and FOIA drums are a wee bit hypocritical.

    A bit off topic, but when did newspapers resort to running campaign press releases verbatim, without giving the subject of an attack a chance to respond? The Decatur Tribune isn’t The Wall Street Journal, but come on.

  9. - siu alum - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:37 am:

    This has been an ongoing story that Bruce Rushton from the SJ-R has been working on for the last six months. If there was something there I’m sure he would of uncovered it. This press realease is only coming out because Quinn is in full panic mode, as he should be.

  10. - Cubs2010 - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:42 am:

    Who will you pick: The guy oversaw the release of thousands of prisoners or the guy who oversaw the robbing of thousands of graves. This will be an interesting month.

  11. - Sam - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:43 am:

    This whole IFDA scandal was caused by Roland Burris! The original story, which was carelessly miss-cited throughout the Quinn press release, blames Burris. He was the guy that approved the change in rules, he approved the contract in the early 1980’s, he’s the guy who ended up getting tons of money from cemetery lobbyists and he ended up lobbying for them.

    It’s absolutely ridiculous to try to blame Hynes for this without mentioning the real culprit, who was mentioned numerous times in the original article.

    This certainly is an issue in this campaign, but Hynes was the comptroller who STOPPED the problem. Comptrollers before him let it happen. The original article also CORRECTLY mentions that the comptroller doesn’t have authority to audit the financial management of this type of contract. And who is to blame for allowing this type of contract to not be auditable by the Comptroller? Roland Burris!

  12. - Burrito Bandit - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 10:59 am:

    If you follow the SJR stories Rushton is making the same point Quinn’s people are making…. Hynes isn’t releasing documents that will tell us if he was tracking the funds losses or not. What Rushton wants to know is if anyone in Hynes’ office was keeping track of a fund that people put money in to pay for their funeral services. Hynes isn’t giving Rushton the answers. If you want to bring Burris into it, fine, he might have created the policy change, but he wasn’t the one who was supposed to make sure people’s funeral funds weren’t being mismanaged. Conspiracy theorists can go nuts if they want to claim that Burris the funeral industry lobbyist told Hynes not to worry about the funds.

  13. - Responsa - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 11:03 am:

    I met Pat Quinn only once–at a function related to supporting families of fallen and injured soldiers. His public image on this issue I firmly believe is fully grounded in his genuine concern. Yet, it feels oddly incompatible with his seeming lack of awareness and respect for the suffering of the former victims of violent crimes and drunk drivers–and their families–at the hands of some of the early release prisoners which were secretly returned to the streets of Illinois on his watch. This, for many voters is just one more chapter in the “Who is Pat Quinn, really?” mystery book.

    This evolving mess for Gov. Quinn will weigh much more heavily on voters minds than the (also) unfortunate cemetery and funeral trust fund scandal he is raising with respect to his Dem primary opponent.

  14. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 11:35 am:

    Wow, the dems sure do seem to have a problem with competent candidates. The GOP has a golden opportunity here. I have a problem in that the GOP front runner, Jim Ryan, seems to have the same level of credibility as these 2. Name recognition seems to be his forte. Used to be a liability. What a difference a few years makes.

  15. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 11:37 am:

    Somehow that last post didn’t have my nom de guerre attached. I certainly wouldn’t want to be told to not use “Anonymous” by the real Anonymous.

  16. - KeepSmiling - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 11:43 am:

    Quinn’s approval rating will continue to tank with women and no cemetery fund scandal can stop it. This business about putting criminals back onto the street strikes at the innate concern so many women have for their own safety and for that of their children. All Hynes needs to do is run an ad with a playground of a few kids, a mom/young woman reading her book alone on a bench nearby, and a creepy man with a GPS thingy on him walking by checking out the scene — with a voice over question of “How much is YOUR safety worth to Pat Quinn?”

  17. - Illinoise - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 12:04 pm:

    Hynes really dropped the ball with this whole thing. Likening Burr Oak to Madoff is pretty harsh and has got to hurt Hynes. How does this guy expect to handle all the responsibilities of being governor when he cant even competently handle his one job as comptroller? Hynes is done.

  18. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Jan 6, 10 @ 12:20 pm:

    Is Quinn suggesting that Hynes cannot handle the cemeteries that Quinn’s Early Release fiasco is filling?

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* The clown show strikes again
* Here we go again
* Local media doing its job right
* "It's just not possible"
* Question of the day
* Today's number: 7 years
* I'd pay to see this ad
* The Democrats' year of the woman
* Too poor to make bail
* Don't even think about it
* Debaters showed more spark than the Cubs last night
* Cloonen ad lands on USA Today's "five worst"
* *** UPDATED x4 - Rauner admin response - Breast cancer task force responds *** I kinda doubt he'll take this question
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...






Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* Galaxy Note 7 aftermath: lowest Samsung profits in two years, worst mobile quarter in nearly eight
* Consider a Surface Ergonomic Keyboard with that Surface Studio
* Apple AirPods ETA up in the air, Beats Wireless sets available
* HTC continues to struggle financially in latest report for 3rd quarter
* Verizon acquires subscription video service Vessel, will shut it down on Oct. 31
* Google Allo 2.0 update really for Android 7.0 phones
* [Video] Unboxing the Lenovo Yoga Book

* White Sox developing promising OF prospects
* Podcast: 2016 White Sox Outfield Review
* mikecws91's Offseason Plan
* The ten best developments of the 2016 White Sox season
* KenWo4LiFe's off-season plan
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues
* Getz to oversee White Sox Minor Leagues


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Illinois governor pours in nearly $46 million a.....
* Ohio, Illinois governors place bets over Cubs-I.....

* Arrieta deals, Cubs awaken, top Indians to even Series at 1
* World Series spotlight shifts to Chicago and Wrigley Field
* View from bench: Former Supreme Court justice roots for Cubs
* Oil pipeline protesters brace for confrontation with police
* Arrieta deals, Cubs awaken, top Indians to even Series at 1
* Chicago-area man charged with trying to kill officers
* Buffett foundation gives $15M for police training center
* Illinois attorney general warns of World Series ticket scams
* Artificial hand helps amputees feel just how hard to squeeze
* Tense standoff at Dakota Access protest encampment

* Bobcat hunting opponents seek permits, won't use them
* Opponents emerge against Illinois road fund ballot question
* Feds end lease with Illinois for state park, citing neglect
* Statehouse Insider: Tomorrow's a new day; in Illinois, that may not be good
* Cook County lawyer who posed as judge criminally charged
* 1,100 non-union state workers getting $3,016 bonuses
* Springfield veteran honored for volunteer work
* Central Illinois soldier killed in Afghanistan
* Rauner administration awarding more than $3 million in bonuses to non-union workers
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget

* CSO posts record ticket sales, $1.1 million operating deficit
* Groupon to buy LivingSocial
* Chicago police lay out Wrigleyville plans
* Cook County approves $13 minimum wage
* Tronc may face cuts, with or without Gannett

* Police: Man shot to death in Goose Island
* Police: 73-year-old man missing from Gage Park since August
* Cubs let good ties roll — leveling Series is huge for team
* Teenage boy shot in Englewood
* Cubs’ Contreras apologizes for untimely bat flip, quickly atones
* Schwarber is back, baby — but will he be in lineup at Wrigley?
* Arrieta, bats rock Cleveland as Cubs even World Series
* Weed as way of life: California farmers divided on legal bud
* Dear Abby: Teen skips school, just sleeps & texts
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Oct. 27, 2016

* 3 dead, 2 wounded in Chicago shootings
* First look at competing plans for George Lucas' museum designs for L.A., San Francisco
* BYU says it will stop honor-code investigations of sexual assault victims
* Jake Arrieta and Kyle Schwarber give Cubs big lift in Game 2 victory
* Anthony Rizzo hitting again, enjoying every moment of World Series
* Police to increase patrols, street closures in Wrigleyville for World Series
* Ben Zobrist puttin' on the hits again for Cubs in the World Series
* Trevor Bauer's pinkie holds up, but his outing short as Cubs strike early
* Jake Arrieta the picture of cool, chills Indians bats as Cubs restore order
* Cruz suggests leaving Supreme Court seat vacant if Clinton is elected

The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.

* Our View: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis deserves third term
* John Bouman: We all suffer from Illinois' budget crisis
* Eugene Robinson: Hillary Clinton is blazing a momentous trail
* George Will: Republican Party needs to revert to nominating Republicans
* Bernard Schoenburg: 9 on Sangamon County Board opt out of pension system
* Bobcat hunting opponents seek permits, won't use them
* Opponents emerge against Illinois road fund ballot question
* Our Opinion: LaHood endorsed in 18th Congressional District
* Leroy Jordan: Race Riot site must be preserved, taught to students
* E.J. Dionne: Trump is not a GOP aberration

* Unsung heroes shine for one night at CONO awards
* Group works to install tiny homes for veterans
* Plenty of pumpkin entertainment at Fall Festival
* Mount Zion community comes together for prayer
* PHOTOS: CONO Awards Banquet
* Patricia 'Patti' Gilbreath
* Harriette Judd
* Alice Wolff
* Martha Armistead
* Charlotte Metheny

* Clinton and Obama: First ladies form political odd couple
* Lufthansa cancels 100s of flights at budget unit Eurowings
* AP-GfK Poll: Clinton lead fueled by increased enthusiasm
* UNICEF says school attack may be deadliest of Syria war
* Benoit Pouliot scores twice, Oilers top Capitals 4-1

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* US Senate-Elect -
* Inside Senate Democrats' leadership stando......

* Opinion | Voice of The Southern - The Sout......
* Kirk vows to close gap before Election Day......
* Campaign Round-Up: Kirk Continues to Criti......

* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* I cast votes for a whole slew of judges, but don’t ask me who any of them are!
* The Jerk Stop Celebrates Its Grand Opening With 20% Off Your First Order
* Six No Trump
* Final 2016 Edition: Wrigley Special Event Parking Restrictions
* A Whiter Shade of Pale
* Party At the CPD's 20th District
* Drive-By Shooting in Sheridan Park Leaves Man In Critical Condition
* Drive-By Shooting in Sheridan Park Leaves Man Dead (Updated)
* CPD Announces DUI Strike Force Will Be Out Saturday Night

* Don’t be a Ghoul, Don’t Drink and Drive - Police throughout Illinois step up patrols for Halloween weekend
* Honoring Illinois' Fallen - United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, October 29, 2016 until Sunset, Monday, October 31, 2016.
* 25th Annual HIV/STD Conference - Celebrating Success, Shaping the Future - Sexually Transmitted Diseases increase while HIV decreases
* Workers’ Comp Commission Updates Technology at No Cost to Taxpayer - Another step in Rauner Administration’s modernization of state government
* Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Makes Lead Poisoning Prevention A Priority - October 23-30, 2016 - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller