Illinois lawmakers will decide Monday whether to subpoena a former official in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration to answer questions about the Democrat’s anti-violence program.
State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is co-chairman of the Legislative Audit Commission and a member of the subcommittee that will meet Monday. He says the panel will vote on whether to compel Barbara Shaw to answer questions about the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.
“Why did this thing go from zero to 50 overnight?” said Barickman. “The governor’s office has tried to throw this person under the bus. I think she needs to come forward and explain herself to us.”
“It’s likely if she’s subpoenaed, she would testify,” Shaw’s lawyer, John Theis, told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Early & Often politics portal. […]
Jane Stricklin, executive director of the Legislative Audit Commission, told the Chicago Sun-Times that she contacted Shaw and learned she didn’t feel comfortable voluntarily testifying in front of the commission. The panel held a contentious May 28 hearing on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative audit performed by Auditor General William Holland.
“What she told me was that she did want to be cooperative,” Stricklin said. “But after seeing and hearing the hearing on May 28 and thinking more about it, she did not think she could voluntarily appear.”
Theis declined to say what insights into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative his client is prepared to offer the audit panel if she is subpoenaed.
“The best thing to say at this point is she wouldn’t want to comment on the substance of her testimony,” he said. “She has a lot of information about how it was done and what was done, and lots of it will show that the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, at least at the Violence Prevention Authority, they were making substantial efforts to make sure everything was done the right way.”
So, apparently, she won’t be taking the 5th. Away we go…