After staying relatively quiet for the past week or so, Jim Oberweis emerged yesterday to demand answers from the gubernatorial frontrunner.
Republican governor candidate Jim Oberweis called on foe Judy Baar Topinka to release a 2003 inspector general probe into whether political work was being done on state time at her treasurerâ€™s office.
â€œHer internal investigation is over. Letâ€™s see what it found,â€ said Obeweis at a Monday news conference in Chicago.
The probe began about three years ago after U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgeraldâ€™s office subpoenaed documents following an ex-employeeâ€™s complaint that treasurerâ€™s employees did campaign work on state time.
Topinkaâ€™s deputy treasurer, Martin Noven, dismissed Oberweisâ€™ request as â€œdisingenuous at best.â€
â€œLegally, weâ€™re not allowed to release that information,â€ said Noven, citing a state law that bars inspector general reports from being released unless misconduct is found.
Noven said there was no misconduct. If such a finding had been made, it would have been forwarded to the stateâ€™s office of executive inspector general. That office would have had to release a summary of the misconduct and any punishment.
While Topinka’s office makes a valid point, anything that keeps that old investigation in the public’s eye can’t be great for JBT. Your thoughts?