Thursday, July 26, 2012

Clout St: Feds widen probe into newly retired South Side lawmaker

Looks like more trouble for recently retired state Rep. Constance Howard. JP had posted about her sudden retirement and the cloud surrounding it on Tuesday:
Federal authorities are widening their probe of a newly retired South Side lawmaker with a fresh subpoena seeking records of a scholarship named in her honor and of an Illinois House committee she once chaired.

Democratic Rep. Constance Howard sent in a resignation letter dated July 6. The new subpoena, dated July 18, requested records to or from the “Constance A. ‘Connie’ Howard Technology Scholarship Fund,” including grants or disbursements awarded to that fund.

Prosecutors also called for “notes, minutes of meetings, transcripts of meetings or reports issued by the Computer Technology Committee” for the years 2000 through 2007, which includes a period when Howard chaired the panel.

A person who answered the telephone number for Howard’s house Thursday evening said she was not available and took a message. Howard announced last year that she would not seek re-election. Chicago Democratic leaders will get to pick her replacement following her retirement.

The scholarship and committee records are requested for a federal grand jury hearing Aug. 7.
Read more at the Tribune!

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