For Immediate Release
MADIGAN AGREES TO U.S. ATTORNEY REQUEST TO REFER STATE HIRING PROBES TO AVOID PROBLEMS OF OVERLAPPING INVESTIGATIONS
Chicago -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that she will refer her ongoing investigation of alleged illegal hiring practices in various state agencies to the U. S. Department of Justice at the request of U. S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
In a letter to Madigan, Fitzgerald cited the problems inherent in overlapping investigations in making his request that Madigan merge her investigation into his.
“We are coordinating with the U. S. Attorney to avoid the potential for inadvertent interference with each other’s investigations,” Madigan said. “My top priority is that these matters are thoroughly and professionally investigated, and I am confident that will be the result of this agreement.”
Fitzgerald praised the professionalism of Madigan’s office and
her contributions to the investigation. Madigan’s office released
Fitzgerald’s letter today but could not comment further on this
or other ongoing investigations.