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Who will run Illinois torture inquiry commission?
When the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission meets Wednesday, the question of who will be executive director will be at the top of the agenda.
David Thomas now holds the job, but Gov. Pat Quinn has called for him to step down because, in three cases handled by the commission, relatives of crime victims were not notified of hearings.
But that means a new executive director would be needed. Last week, Quinn’s office said he had several potential nominees in mind.
Quinn can’t fire Thomas directly, and Thomas has the support of a majority of commissioners on the board.
Dahm is a pastor at St. Pius V Parish and is president of the board of directors for the Resurrection Project, an economic development organization. Mathias is a partner at Jenner & Block. Thorp, who already was on the panel as an alternate commissioner, is with the law firm SmithAmundsen, and is a former Cook County assistant state’s attorney.
The commission is charged with investigating Illinois prisoners’ claims of torture by former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his crew and determining which of those claims are credible. Credible claims are referred to Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans for further review.
Since it was created in 2009, the commission has been delayed by state government red tape and funding woes much of the time.
Read a Sept. 15 Chicago Sun-Times editorial here.
Read a July 27 Sun-Times news story here.
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