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Congressional delegation calls for investigation into alleged rape cover-up

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A downstate congressional delegation has called on the Illinois Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate an alleged rape and cover-up in Champaign.

On Friday U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and Mike Bost (R-Ill.) released this joint statement calling on the Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged rape and cover-up.

“These revelations are extremely troubling and a thorough independent investigation needs to happen immediately. We are very concerned that the Champaign County State’s Attorney has determined she will not investigate this alleged crime. If these disturbing allegations, that were revealed this week, are true there’s a victim out there that deserves justice and a criminal that should be prosecuted. Given the unwillingness of the local state’s attorney to investigate this alleged crime and ties to the governor’s campaign, we believe a special prosecutor is warranted.”

The allegations of a rape and cover-up came from the discovery of an email written in 2012 by Mike McClain, a former Quincy lawmaker, longtime lobbyist and confidant of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

The email was between Mike McClain and then-Governor Quinn's former Legislative Affairs Liasion, Gary Hannig.

The email shows that McClain asked for leniency in regards to discipline for Quincy resident Forrest Ashby who was working at a Department of Human Services facility for inmates in Rushville, Illinois.

McClain wrote that Ashby, " a good compliance person, as I told you... He has kept his mouth shut on Jones' ghost workers, the rape in Champaign and other items. He is loyal to the administration."

The email recently surfaced as part of a Freedom of Information Request by Chicago radio station WBEZ.

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