* The Quinn administration leaked two, big corruption-related stories on the 4th of July. Here’s the Tribune on July 4th…
A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena for emails of key players in Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled $54.5 million anti-violence program, including the former head of the program and two former ranking members of Quinn’s administration.
The subpoena, provided by the Quinn administration in response to a Tribune records request, is the latest public sign of federal prosecutors’ interest in a program also under scrutiny by Cook County authorities and a state legislative panel.
The May 13 grand jury document sought emails dated back to the beginning of 2010, the year Quinn ran for his first full term as governor and launched the Chicago-area program in the closing weeks of his campaign. Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman said the administration has “zero tolerance for mismanagement, fraud or abuse” and that the governor has directed agencies to fully cooperate with authorities.
Emails and other electronic records were sought for Barbara Shaw, the retired former head of the anti-violence grant program; Toni Irving, a former deputy chief of staff in the governor’s office; and Malcolm Weems, the former director of the Department of Central Management Services who served in the governor’s budget office. The subpoena also sought emails for two other officials, Barbara King and Reshma Desai, who have worked in the agency that took over the program.
The AP reports that the subpoenas were from a federal grand jury in Springfield.
* Also from the AP on July 4th…
Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is requiring executive-level staff in every state agency to undergo training about proper hiring practices.
The Chicago Democrat’s actions come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications.
The Associated Press obtained copies of memos sent Thursday by Quinn’s attorney to IDOT leadership and the heads of all agencies, boards and commissions.
According to the memos, Quinn also is ordering an outside audit of all IDOT political hires to determine if the positions were properly filled.