Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » More info surfaces on the “rape in Champaign”
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
More info surfaces on the “rape in Champaign”

Monday, Jan 13, 2020

* Ray Long and David Heinzmann at the Tribune

State investigators are looking into whether an explosive email that refers to keeping quiet about a “rape in Champaign” could be tied to an inmate who got out of prison early and then sexually abused a young girl, sources familiar with the probe told the Tribune. […]

On Saturday, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told the Tribune that officials are looking into whether McClain’s “rape in Champaign” reference could involve the early release of prisoners under Quinn, who came under fire for the practice in 2010.

The source said investigators are looking at the case of Scott Wayne Thompson, who is being held at a state facility for sex crime offenders in downstate Rushville. Thompson received early release from prison and then was charged with and convicted of sex abuse, records show.

At the time, Ashby worked at Rushville as a hospital manager, according to McClain’s email to state officials. That meant Ashby potentially was in position to know about Thompson being admitted to the facility for the sex crime.

* I called around and it does seem plausible. From a senior administration official who has reviewed the Department of Corrections records…

Scott W. Thompson was released early from a 2.5 year sentence for violating a sex offender registry requirement. (State law allows him a day of credit for each day served.)

For that sentence, Thompson was admitted to Big Muddy on March 17, 2009.

In addition to the 50 percent sentence requirement, on May 29, 2009 - which was 60 days into his sentence - he was given 180 days of good time credit.

He was paroled on Nov 20, 2009 and immediately violated parole at the door because he didn’t meet the terms of mandatory supervised release. He was discharged on May 20, 2010.

On Aug. 1, 2010 he was indicted in Champaign County on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 13.

During 2011, Thompson was also transferred in and out of the Western Illinois Correctional Center.

He was paroled out in June 2012.

He is presently listed on the state’s sex offender registry as a sexually violent person who is in DHS custody. (In other words, Rushville)

The Quinn administration was hugely paranoid about its Meritorious Good Time Push program, but Thompson wasn’t in that accelerated program, which explains why the Rauner campaign never found him. Even so, a released prisoner who sexually assaulted a young girl would be bad for Quinn, considering the previous publicity over MGT Push.

Some people may have jumped to the conclusion that the “rape in Champaign” was about somebody close to Quinn. Most, I think, were just horrified that McClain would weaponize a rape (and ghost payrolling) for patronage purposes.

To my mind, at least, you can’t argue that this somehow exonerates McClain. He did what he did. And the Quinn administration officials he contacted need to answer why the discipline hearing for McClain’s guy was postponed the day after McClain sent that email.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - anonomoose - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:35 am:

    Ruh roh.

  2. - Capitol Text - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:40 am:

    “Keeping quiet” is interesting language if this is the case. Keeping quiet makes it sound like this guy was threatening to beef this information to reporters or Republicans, because hospital managers are as a rule supposed to keep quiet under HIPAA

  3. - Perrid - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:41 am:

    Well, the rapist went to jail, which is better than I was expecting. I thought it was really covered up, not just kept out of the papers. Still terrible of course, but not quite as bad as I thought

  4. - Red ghetto in a blue state - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:43 am:

    Was it really because of patronage? Or was it weaponizing second, third, fourth hand information to protect a good actor from other bad actors?

  5. - Leatherneck - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:49 am:

    Original Capitol Fax coverage on the MGT controversy (Aug. 16, 2010):

  6. - Blue Dog Dem - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:51 am:

    My goodness gracious. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13. Less than two years. We are doomed as a nation.

  7. - Nagidam - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:53 am:

    I said it last week and I will say this again this week. This is all on the Quinn administration. An official act, stopping discipline hearings against an individual, were done for political considerations. That is what the inspector general should be looking at. The States Attorney must complete their investigation to make sure of the facts of this “Rape”. There are four individuals that could shed light on this. They should have to answer questions under oath.

  8. - Donnie Elgin - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:53 am:

    Good reporting but key words are:
    “could involve” and “plausible”. Only McClain can clear this up.

  9. - Reality Check - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 9:54 am:

    “Thompson wasn’t in that accelerated program, which explains why the Rauner campaign never found him”

    This was in spring-summer 2010, so the campaign attacking Quinn over the early release issue was Brady.

  10. - WLDS - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:01 am:

    Ashby also served as the assistant warden at Western Illinois Correctional in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, which is 20 minutes away from Rushville. Ashby is a resident of Quincy. He was named to the ILETSB Board. The new head of the ILETSB is the former Adams County Sheriff (Quincy area) who replaced Mike McClain’s brother Kevin from Springfield. The connections on this go deep to our neck of the woods.

  11. - SaulGoodman - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:05 am:

    **This was in spring-summer 2010, so the campaign attacking Quinn over the early release issue was Brady.**

    LOL - You don’t think Rauner would have attacked Quinn over this 4 years later if they had found it?

  12. - Excitable Boy - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:10 am:

    - Less than two years. -

    He was designated a sexually violent person and put into the DHS facility in Rushville. Effectively that means he won’t be getting out, ever.

  13. - Leave a Light On George - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:25 am:

    This new reporting doesn’t change my original opinion. Anybody who saw this email and didn’t report it to authorities should be prosecuted. If they still work for the state they should be put on leave immediately pending discipline.

  14. - Annonin - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:30 am:

    Hmmm. So all those calls for everything and everybody to be vaporized where “premature”? Let’s see if there are any walk backs. Guessing most are busy hosing egg of various body parts.

  15. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:31 am:

    Seems plausible. I would think if this is the case that McClain was acting as Madigan’s representative here. Seems like a classic either help our guy out or we’ll release some bad opposition research about you scenario.

  16. - Reality Check - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:37 am:

    @SaulGoodman Rauner ran an ad on the MGT Push controversy but the isue was far more salient in the 2010 race v Brady. Try Google - search for “governor quinn ‘early release’” returns 26,000 results that mention Brady but only 1,000 results that mention Rauner.

    BTW, anyone could have found this by comparing records from the IDOC web site to subsequent arrest / conviction records. So “not finding it” is on both campaigns.

  17. - Rabid - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:41 am:

    The Email reads more like blackmail

  18. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:46 am:

    ===but the isue was far more salient===

    Point being, Rauner had a solid OR team.

  19. - Roman - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 10:56 am:

    Rauner hit Quinn on MGT Push, too.

    Even without that specific program, parolees committing crimes after they’re released is a frequent occurrence — and it is a political danger zone for every governor. Having high ranking corrections officials who don’t air dirty laundry is valued by any administration. McClain’s was no-so-discreetly reminding Stermer and Hannig of that.

  20. - JS Mill - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 11:05 am:

    =Ashby also served as the assistant warden at Western Illinois Correctional in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, which is 20 minutes away from Rushville. Ashby is a resident of Quincy. He was named to the ILETSB Board. The new head of the ILETSB is the former Adams County Sheriff (Quincy area) who replaced Mike McClain’s brother Kevin from Springfield. The connections on this go deep to our neck of the woods.=

    I have been Living in central Illinois for 20 years but I am from the Cook County suburbs. In that time I have listened to endless diatribes on “Chicago” corruption. I always get in trouble when I point that corruption is endemic to small towns.

  21. - frontline - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 11:10 am:

    No one should excuse McClain’s use of the situation as a tool to get what he wanted from the administration. With that said, if this scenario is what McClain was referencing thank God we aren’t dealing with an unknown victim who may be waiting for some justice.

    Please let’s not forget this man victim will be re-traumatized again because he’s in the news and his name and face are out there again.

    McClain has to live with that too.

  22. - Abaddon - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 11:27 am:

    No way. This story is a smokescreen.

  23. - statehoss - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 12:08 pm:

    I think the horror was the idea McClain was complicit in protecting a rapist from punishment.

    If the latest reports prove true, that’s not what happened. The rapist was punished.

    He was complicit in protecting a politician from blame for a policy outcome. And used it as leverage in governmental employment decisions. That’s ugly, but not in the same universe as protecting a rapist.

  24. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Jan 13, 20 @ 12:51 pm:

    All speculation. Put everyone under oath. I think this likely to be case but Quinn already had flack for this issue so it might have been the worse case and not this pedophile.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Pritzker contributes $51.5 million to his "Fair Tax" campaign account
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: This just in...
* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend
* *** UPDATED x3 *** Devore tells reporters he's won both cases
* Question of the day
* 869 new cases, 36 additional deaths, 2.6 percent positivity rate
* *** UPDATED x2 - ILGOP will appeal *** Federal judge denies ILGOP's TRO request: "Granting Plaintiffs the relief they seek would pose serious risks to public health"
* Today's must-watch video
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: New ads; More react to Wednesday's edition (password fixed)
* After returning from Florida, Rep. Bailey won't get tested "on the advice of his doctor"
* We're number one... in FBI gun background checks during June
* White Sox vs. Cardinals at Field of Dreams game
* Lightfoot spins tall tale to justify preemptive sweeps
* Well, that escalated quickly
* If you want schools to reopen, wear a mask, keep your distance and wash your hands
* 1.43 million Americans, 45.25 thousand Illinoisans filed new unemployment claims last week
* Open thread
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...





Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

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