Gov. Pritzker demands cooperation in email probe

The fallout continues from a 2012 email in which a rape cover-up was alleged

Alex Degman
January 14, 2020 - 9:18 pm

Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker on October 1, 2018, in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) -- As investigations continue into an email from a lobbyist mentioning rape and ghost payrolling -- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker says he expects everyone questioned to fully cooperate.

The state's executive inspector general, state police and more are looking into the email sent my lobbyist Michael McClain in 2012. Pritzker says anyone involved needs to start talking.

"I expect everybody in state government and any lobbyist with information to come forward," Pritzker says. "If an investigator contacts someone and asks them to cooperate, they should cooperate."

A former lobbyist and long-time friend of House Speaker Madigan, McClain in 2012 tried to intervene in state worker Forrest Ashby's disciplinary hearing -- noting, among other things, Ashby kept quiet about a rape in Champaign and ghost payrolling at some agencies.

Former Illinois Department of Agriculture director John Sullivan resigned over the weekend amid the fallout -- admitting he knew about the email, but didn't read it fully and didn't do anything about it.

"Every person in Springfield needs to take a good hard look at themselves, and ask what their role has been in creating this culture, the availability of engaging in corruption."