SPRINGFIELD - Newly-appointed State Rep. Anna Bicanic Moeller (D-Elgin) adamantly denies having anything to do with an email circulated March 26, 2014, which appears to show that Gov. Quinn used taxpayer dollars to pressure Illinois mayors into lobbying their municipalities in support of his budget proposal. A budget that includes making the 2011 state income tax hike permanent.
EMAIL REVEALS QUINN PRESSURED MAYORS TO LOBBY FOR HIS BUDGET AND TAX HIKE
The e-mail (below), which Moeller circulated to nearly 40 of her colleagues, is a "summary of a call that the Governor's Office conducted with the IML and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus," along with "bullet points provided by the Governor regarding his budget proposal."
Moeller was executive director of the McHenry County Council of Government before recently being appointed to the State House to fill out the term of indicted State Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin), who resigned after federal agents raided his legislative office. Moeller served as the McHenry County Council of Governments' executive director for nine years. She also was elected councilwoman for Elgin in April 2011.
State Rep. Moeller confirmed to IR last week that she wrote the email. Following publication of story, however, she contacted us, denying her authorship and said she thought we were referring to another email.
Moeller refused to go on record about the content of the email below. Instead, she repeatedly accused Illinois Review of lying about her connection to it, and said we were asking deceptive questions.
Governor Quinn's office has yet to respond to our queries. We also spoke with the Michael Richards mentioned on Bennett's email as being on the March 2013 teleconference call. He referred us to the governor's office for an official response.
Richards no longer works on Quinn's Legislative Affairs staff, but now works for Quinn's 2014 re-election campaign.
Donna Brouder, Fox River Grove village clerk, provided the e-mail below in response to the FOIA request.
The original IR story about Rep. Moeller can be found HERE