CHICAGO - Why are the feds, the Illinois state legislature and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez investigating Governor Pat Quinn rather than Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan?
Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says Lisa Madigan is simply steering away from situations that could be embarrassing for Democrats - of which her father is the state head.
Madigan will not explain her silence or inactivity to the media.
"Madigan declined interview requests from FOX and the BGA, but her aides claim their biggest obstacle is a lack of authority to convene grand juries to pursue public-corruption cases unless local state’s attorneys invite them in," Shaw wrote this week.
That's not the reason, says Republican 2014 challenger for Attorney General Paul Schimpf. He says Lisa Madigan hasn't the stomach to fight corruption.
"Lisa Madigan's actions--or lack thereof--over the last 11 years speak for themselves," Schimpf told Illinois Review. "She has proven that fighting corruption is not remotely close to her top priority. Illinois needs an Attorney General with prosecutorial experience who can focus on rooting out corruption."
Schimpf, who was an intergral part of strategizing prosecution against Saddam Hussein, said his experience and independent perspective would contrast with Madigan's experience and will to uncover corruption in Illinois politics.
AG Madigan said she will not crossover federal investigation back in 2009 to the Illinois Reform Commission created by Gov. Pat Quinn in the wake of the Blagojevich scandal. The commission supported her push for grand jury power, but the General Assembly never seriously considered it, Shaw said.
And who runs the General Assembly? AG Madigan's father, House Speaker Mike Madigan - who also heads the Illinois Democratic Party.