* Assistant US Attorney General Peter Kadzik wrote a letter today to the co-chairmen of the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission. Read it here. From the letter…
This confirms our request, during a telephone conversation with you and your staff on July 9, 2014, that the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission refrain from conducting interviews or receiving testimony from any individuals in connection with the State of Illinois program known as the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative for a period of 90 days.
As we explained during the call, there is an ongoing related federal criminal investigation and we believe such interviews and testimony during this time period would pose substantial risks to our investigation. We are not at this time asking the Commission to refrain from disclosure of records gathered in the course of its work.
We appreciate your consideration of this request and your support for our law enforcement efforts.
As you already know, House GOP Leader Jim Durkin and Commission member Rep. Ron Sandack have said they want to proceed regardless of the Department of Justice’s request.
*** UPDATE *** From Leader Durkin’s spokesperson via text…
We believe the Legislative Audit Commission will take this under advisement when they convene on the 16th.
That’s likely the beginning of a major walk-back.