SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** Sandack reverses himself

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

* From the Twitters…


* But that’s not how he felt during a May 6th Legislative Audit Commission meeting. Members who claimed that Commission-issued subpoenas could impede other investigations were spouting “nonsense,” Sandack declared

“I think we ought to get to the bottom of it without interfering with anyone. To the extent that anyone would suggest we’re going to get in the way of the federal government or state government procedures, investigations or criminal investigations, that’s nonsense.

“Anyone who has ever dealt with the federal government that is looking into something they simply say ‘We’ve got it,’ and then you step down. Whether that’s from State’s Attorney Alvarez’s office, the Central District of Illinois investigations. Whether it’s the US Attorney, the Department of Justice or whomever you just get out of their way.

“You stop. You suspend and let them do their thing.

“I suspect if that comes a day we’ll do just that.”

And now, despite a Justice Department request that the Commission stand down for 90 days, Sandack wants this to go full speed ahead.

You don’t suppose there’s any political motivation behind this righteous flip-flop?

Nah, couldn’t be.

*** UPDATE *** Press release…

Reacting to the recent request by the U.S. Justice Department to delay the Illinois General Assembly’s inquiries into Governor Quinn’s scandal plagued anti-violence program, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R, Western Springs) and Rep. Ron Sandack (R, Downers Grove) Thursday indicated their intent to press on with the Legislative Audit Commission hearing next week.

“While we respect the request from the Justice Department and are sensitive to the criminal investigation, we believe the Legislative Audit Commission needs to continue their review of the NRI audit,” said Durkin.

“In my past experience with parallel inquires, rather than being asked to cease the legislative proceedings by investigators, we worked with them on an almost daily basis enabling us to fulfill our statutory obligation as legislators without impeding their efforts,” Durkin added.

The request for a 90-day delay in legislative proceedings came from the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs on Wednesday, making this request different from those dealing with recent legislative actions into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Rep. Derrick Smith.

“Our legislative fact finding mission and the federal probe have two different goals,” said Sandack. “Our primary concern for figuring out the ‘who, what, when, where, why and how’s’ is to prevent a situation like this from happening again and to protect the taxpayers of Illinois.”

Sandack added, “We’re not here to investigate or prosecute, as members of the Illinois House of Representatives and the Legislative Audit Commission we have a job to do. We are here to get the facts and build legislative safeguards against allowing this from happening again and the legislative Audit Commission should proceed with our mission.”

The bi-partisan, bi-cameral Legislative Audit Commission is scheduled to meet next Wednesday and Thursday at the Michael J. Bilandic Building in Chicago to question and hear testimony from seven individuals subpoenaed earlier by a sub-committee of the Audit Commission. At that time, it is expected the commission will take procedural votes to decide whether or not to proceed.

“I am advising the House Republican members of the Audit Commission that they should consider the Justice Department’s request, but still have an obligation to review the audit and should proceed with the hearing next week,” Durkin concluded.

Durkin, a former Cook County prosecutor, served as the ranking Republican on the Illinois House Special Investigative Committee for the Impeachment of Governor Blagojevich and served as the House Manager for the removal of a sitting member prior to becoming House Minority Leader. Sandack, a floor leader for the House Republicans, is a practicing attorney in Downers Grove and Republican Spokesman for the Illinois House Judiciary Committee.

Sorry, but comparing this little dog and pony show to the impeachment of a sitting governor is downright silly.

And if all the Commission is doing is attempting to “build legislative safeguards against allowing this from happening again,” then it can wait.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


21 Comments
  1. - Tom Joad - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:23 pm:

    Someone must have enlightened him about the upcoming election.


  2. - train111 - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:27 pm:

    Obama narrowly carried the 81st in the last election. The ballot challenge to his Democratic opponent has been withdrawn, so he will have a race in the general election, and I’m sure there are those in his party’s conservative base who are none too happy with him after the scorched earth primary battle with Keith Matune


  3. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:28 pm:

    Hypocrisy and nonsense from the Illinois GOP in an election year. I’m shocked, shocked!


  4. - Norseman - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:35 pm:

    Rich, I agree with you. It’s definitely a principled decision. Cough, cough.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:35 pm:

    First “Boo-Boo” by Leader Durkin. I will get to Rep. Sandack shortly.

    The political prism that gas the most effect is what is seen as ambiguous, but is also seen as fact;

    The hammer here is that the US Attorney, and as I recall you worked as a prosecutor, has asked the committee to kindly back off, as a Federal Investigation proceeds.

    Let that breathe.

    A federal prosecutor is saying the Quinn Adminstration is under investigation, and you guys don’t even need to drill into “who” or “why” or spin rhetoric. It’s clean. It’s plain. It’s devastating. Why muddy the waters?

    You get a bonus too.

    The fact in 90 days, something could happen is just teed up for the campaign season.

    “We all know the Quinn Administration is under a federal investigation so intense, we had to back off our own inquiries, and here in October, we are going to find out much more.”

    Let this all get some air.

    As for Rep. Sandack,

    This veer makes all the good political hay, look political…

    “You go after Quinn, and back off, once to get in the record you wanted hearings. You keep going at it, it makes all the clean posturing that is hammering Quinn… look like a bunch of partisan tricks. It’s the difference between paper politics and real politics…”

    You guys are on the wrong road to make hay here;

    Ambiguous is better till October.

    You are not making hay, you are burning down the barn storing the hay…


  6. - walker - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:38 pm:

    I wonder if he already knows they will vote against going forward, and he gets to appear the hero and victim simultaneously.

    Or maybe he wants a split vote on party lines, so one side can leverage this to the hilt, before their witnesses show up and clam up — whose silence they can leverage to the hilt as well.

    We shall see.


  7. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    Walker I think you’re exactly right on all counts.


  8. - anon - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    hey, GOP are dancing to rauner’s every note–whatever he says goes-if they don’t jump they don’t get fed


  9. - anon - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    Why worry about hypocrisy when Rauner is promising you the moon, the stars, and a Carhartt jacket? No one cares about flip flops after the election.


  10. - circular firing squad - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:48 pm:

    What? Who said that

    Yeah we are missing Billboards already


  11. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    - walker -, Rich beat me to it.

    I am looking at it a bit differently, but still thinking a clean stop might play better.

    ===I wonder if he already knows they will vote against going forward, and he gets to appear the hero and victim simultaneously.===

    This is the one I agree with more, but you seem to be On It better than I. Well thought out.


  12. - A guy... - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    We’ve got a spokesperson and two lawyers asking for the Commission to step back. Maybe this smokes out a real US Atty to speak for the Justice Dept. more clearly and maybe even have to stand there and answer a question or two. I doubt we’ll get “Lincoln would turn in his grave” out of this one, but we might get something useful. The US Attorney should make a better case than what we’ve seen so far to halt a legislative process due to start with all the actors lined up, lawyered up and in make-up. Let’s see if this does something before going to harsh here. Might be a calculated boo boo. Which isn’t a boo boo at all.


  13. - Norseman - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 4:16 pm:

    === We’ve got a spokesperson and two lawyers asking for the Commission to step back. ===

    Wow, that lucky intern got a promotion. All I got was a nice good bye party.


  14. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 4:29 pm:

    ==- A guy… - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:57 pm:==

    Swing and a miss. See here: http://capitolfax.com/2014/07/10/just-90-days/#comment-11564802


  15. - A guy... - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 4:43 pm:

    PC, I don’t think so. Have we heard from a US Attorney on this directly?
    Aren’t you still supposed to be in the corner? lol


  16. - Rollo Tomasi - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    Or are the fed’s going to sit on the investigation like fast and furious until after the election? Our side has been known to play politics just like the Republicans.


  17. - A guy... - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 4:55 pm:

    We have now heard from an Asst. US Attorney per the update. Hmmm


  18. - Toure's Latte - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 5:33 pm:

    Lightening rod for all the wrong reasons. Jumped before Rauner told him which way.

    His opponent: Elizabeth “Liz” Chaplin, a DuPage County Board 2 member living in Downers Grove. Married, teenage kids, accountant at a local area small business. Whistle blower on the DuPage Water Commission fiasco. Looks very good. All she needs is about half a million more than the $500 or so her last quarterly showed.


  19. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 5:42 pm:

    –“build legislative safeguards against allowing this from happening again,”–

    LOL, um, you could have passed a budget, rather than just taking a big wad of money, throwing it at the governor and saying “you make the decisions.”

    Line-item appropriations are a nifty safeguard.


  20. - DuPage Bard - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 8:48 pm:

    Another opportunity for Representative Sandack to get in front of the cameras or have his name pushed all over the press.
    I think he took your Governor comments to heart from earlier this year.


  21. - Not in the Know - Friday, Jul 11, 14 @ 12:22 am:

    Whistle blower…..lol, good one. She was knee deep in that fiasco.


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Good morning!
* *** UPDATED x1 - Quinn campaign responds *** Rauner campaign responds to firestorm over Sun-Times reporter's sidelining
* New Quinn ad hits Rauner on nursing homes
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Sun-Times sidelined reporter after Rauner campaign intervention
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Quinn campaign responds to Sun-Times endorsement decision
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

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

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Android Lollipop keyboard installable APK for all
        * Google Glass, Android Wear notifications can’t run simultaneously
        * Meet Flic, the iOS photo manager for lazy people
        * Why Apple Pay is Apple’s most important product in years
        * How and where to use Apple Pay with your iPhone 6
        * Leaks reveal GPS-sporting Fitbit Surge to be released soon
        * Known NFC spoofing techniques probably wouldn't work with Apple Pay

        * Common Tax Breaks Available for Recent College Grads
        * IBM Shares Fall on Earnings Shortfall, Chip Unit Transfer
        * RetroPi Raspberry Pi Emulator In-Car Console System
        * Spotify launches family plan, offering up to four extra accounts at a 50 percent discount
        * The Biggest Interview Turn-Off is Dwelling On Your Last Job
        * Upcoming Gmail App Update Will Include Yahoo And Outlook Support
        * Zwipe MasterCard Will Come With A Built-In Fingerprint Scanner

        * Lost in Isolation: A White Sox fan abroad.
        * Pnoles' 2014 White Sox offseason plan
        * Former White Sox star Rowand excited for 'little' cousin Shields
        * The South Side Sox 2014-15 White Sox offseason plan project
        * Sox coaches get to know young players in Glendale
        * The longest White Sox home runs of 2014
        * Alexei Ramirez remains top shortstop at turning two


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        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

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Merlin Media's Bruce Rauner Touted For Illinois.....
        * How Bruce Rauner makes money from for-profit sc.....
        * Khan looks to unseat McAuliffe in 20th State House..
        * Quinn's leadership has failed state..
        * Next Illinois governor debate: Things to Watch..
        * Evanston Democrats honor politicians, activists.....


        * Waukegan teachers strike goes into 3rd week
        * Next Illinois governor debate: Things to Watch
        * Obama urges Quinn supporters to vote early
        * Report: Springfield HS often missing armed guards
        * Belleville, Champaign, Peoria papers back Rauner
        * Peoria woman charged in man's stabbing death
        * Homeless man found dead in wooded area in Elgin
        * Elderly couple, both 87, die in house explosion
        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Driver in deadly ATV crash in Illinois arrested

        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Sun-Times, Belleville, Champaign, Peoria newspapers endorse Rauner for governor
        * Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally
        * Body camera use concerns Illinois police officers
        * Illinois unemployment rate falls again, to 6.6 percent
        * Panel to look at body cameras in eavesdropping law discussion
        * Phil Luciano: Company paying surrounding counties to support Logan Co. marijuana growing center
        * Parties donate big to area legislative races
        * Reports give snapshot of 2014 spending
        * Quinn, Rauner school funding counting differs

        * Sears leasing big chunk of store space to clothing chain
        * Railroads scrap merger talks
        * How this exec hopes to strike it rich in water, again
        * Two local businesses profit from a jump in skydiving
        * Emanuel, Preckwinkle clash over mandatory minimums


        * TIME TO GET AHEAD OF EBOLA
        * Editorial: Bruce Rauner for governor
        * Editorial: Why we are back in the endorsement business
        * Bruce Rauner for governor
        * Chicago Police officers overwhelmingly ratify contract
        * Judge in Pakistan recommends former city comptroller be extradited
        * Why we are back  in the endorsement business


        * Chicago cop's suicide tied to stress over lawsuit
        * Heroin fight a hot topic in DuPage sheriff's race
        * 7 women found dead in Gary, Hammond over weekend
        * 2 killed when vehicle hits police car, slams into building
        * Obama urges Democrats to vote early for Quinn
        * Man seriously wounded in West Englewood shooting
        * Aunt of slain teen: 'Emanuel, please do something about the violence'
        * Prosecutors: Man repeatedly whipped son, 13, with cord
        * 1 dead in single-car crash in northwest suburban Bull Valley
        * West Side woman held in boyfriend's stabbing death


        * Third & Final Governor Debate Tonight
        * Politicians On Parade
        * Are Computer Keyboards Killing Cursive?
        * Quinn, Rauner Agree: No To Education Funding Plan
        * Earlier Than Ever
        * Listen to State Week - October 17, 2014
        * The health problems facing rural and urban poor in Illinois
        * 'Deliverance' Actor Plays Folk Music In Springfield
        * Are Chicago's shorter yellow lights unsafe, or just unfair?
        * Delay In Fracking Regulations Spurs Lawsuit


        * Our Opinion: Re-elect Durbin for another term in U.S. Senate
        * Bill Press: Do you trust your government on Ebola?
        * Quote of the Day: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
        * Our Opinion: Rodney Davis has earned another term
        * Bernard Schoenburg: CWLP’S Burns considers run for city treasurer
        * Rep. Mike Smiddy: Improving care for those fighting breast cancer
        * Deckle McLean: Party imbalance falls along urban, rural lines
        * Statehouse Insider: Does he wish he hasn’t asked that?
        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally


        * Wasted energy
        * This day in history: Oct. 20, 2014
        * Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead
        * Area history, Oct. 20, 2014
        * Group collecting items for veterans
        * Teens taking part in election process
        * 4th school resource officer proposed in Danville
        * Can health funds stay on top?
        * O'Shaughnessy a sensible choice
        * Summer jobs program lacks males


        * Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in D.C.
        * ‘Fury' blasts ‘Gone Girl' from top of box office
        * Gary police detain man in deaths of 7 women
        * Dawn Patrol: Crystal Lake teen identified as crash victim; Bears lose again at home
        * Gary police detain man in deaths of 4 women

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * A swipe at the cash register leaves everyo......
        * Ground broken on new hangar facility at Ch......
        * A swipe at the cash register leaves everyo......
        * A swipe at the cash register leaves everyo......
        * A swipe at the cash register leaves everyo......

        * Kirk Challenges Local Entrepreneurs to Mak......
        * Kirk wants travel ban for 3 Ebola-affected......
        * St. Louis-area lawmakers call for travel b......

        * Local vigilance helps IAR reps protect your interests
        * SportsMondayTuesday: Todd Gurley vs. The NCAA
        * The Beer Thinker: An Oktoberfest For The Rest Of Us
        * Excellent Suggestions For The University Student In You
        * South Side Speed Camera Protest Set For Saturday
        * WBEZ Finds Chicago’s Yellow Lights Not Engineered Properly
        * Lower Than Expected Speed Camera Tickets Hurting City Budget
        * It’s that World Series time of year – which ballclub do we follow in Chi?
        * United, American Airlines Execs' Contributions To Emanuel Skyrocket
        * Republicans Crow As Questions Swirl Surrounding Sun-Times' Rauner Endorsement


        * Rauner Sweeping Endorsements Across Illinois
        * Belleville News-Democrat Endorses Rauner
        * Champaign News-Gazette Endorses Rauner
        * Peoria Journal Star Endorses Rauner
        * Chicago Sun-Times Endorses Rauner




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