Illinois attempt to stop corruption short-circuited by DoJ
Maybe DoJ stands for Delaying of Justice.
One more investigation designed, allegedly, to get to the bottom of the issue, has been launched by the Obama DoJ. This time, in Illinois, the bastion of Democrat games and finances, a bald-faced delaying tactic to save the machine has been put in play.
At issue is Illinois a multi million dollar defunct program of Governor Pat Quinn’s. Playing the game of naming a program / money hole by such an attractive moniker that no politician could be against it, he funded the cleverly named Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (an anti-violence program) with $54.5 million in public money. All one has to do is read the headlines in Chicago to know the program failed. Now the question is asked, where did the money go?
Even with the tilted game board in Illinois, authorities launched an investigation. But it won’t go far in tracking down the potential graft and fraud. Enter the Federal Government and Eric Holder’s DOJ. The Chicago Tribune reports,
“…the Department of Justice has requested a 90-day delay before Illinois lawmakers question seven former Quinn aides who have been subpoenaed to testify next week….What's odd about the Justice request for state lawmakers to stand down is that it didn't come from prosecutors, as has been customary in other investigations. Instead it came by phone to Illinois House and Senate lawyers from Justice's Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C. That's a liaison and lobbying office, not an office that typically has interjected itself into criminal cases here."
Once again, the Federal government dictates in the affairs of the States. Not much different than the DOJ telling Arizona it can’t deal with illegal immigrants, the DOJ now tells Illinois to “relax” their efforts to fight corruption within their own State. The suggestion for such a request is that State efforts might interfere with federal efforts. This is usually an indication of no federal effort.
The “on going” investigation excuse is a favorite of this administration. The President can’t comment on the Benghazi scandal because of the “on going” investigation. And now Illinois is to “stand down” so as not to disrupt the federal investigation of the same matter. Can not States manage their own affairs?
Will Governor Quinn now issue this statement, “There is not a smidgen of evidence.”?
It would follow the formula.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration seems to be playing defense for their cronies, at the expense of justice, but to the benefit of the Democrats in this fall’s election. Rahm Emmanuel, Dick Durbin, and Quinn will wait for the results of the federal investigation. The citizens of Illinois will wait for the end of corruption. And wait. And wait.