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How Gov. Quinn Walks the Money

“Governor Quinn is driving a bus through loopholes
in the Illinois procurement code.”
State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon)

“We need to know why a company with a string of failures in other states which is also under investigation
by the federal government would be given a no-bid contract

by Governor Quinn’s administration.”
Bill Daley (D-Chicago)
Former Democratic Gubernatorial candidate
August, 2013

The Boys in Springfield Carve the Watermelon

Not even Rod Blagojevich thought of these loopholes…

Gov. Quinn is using intergovernmental agreements and grants to circumvent a competitive bidding process. Many thanks to Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar-Topinka for providing the data: total intergovernmental agreements (IGA) outside of a bid process totaled $1.8 billion (2013) and $5.2 billion since 2010!    

Growth of No-bid IGA Contracts plus Grants (2005-2013) 

 Growth of No-bid (IGA) Contracts alone (2005-2013)

Gov. Quinn’s total dollars in no-bid contracts and grants are 2,823% higher than the Blagojevich administration. Bidding a contract is important for transparency, competitive pricing, accountability and oversight.

Here are some grant and no-bid contract examples: 

  • William Holland, the IL Auditor General, has referred to the Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney his audit of $50 million in “grant” monies allegedly used to get out the Chicago vote for Quinn’s 2010 re-election.
  • Fox News Channel, National Review, and the Chicago Tribune have documented scandal with the Michigan intergovernmental agreement used to upgrade our Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). It’s vague, three pages, and fails to contain basic terms such as deliverables and a statement of work. Click here for our investigation summary.

Special Thanks to State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon):
House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Dwight Kay has spearheaded investigations of spending abuse. Gov. Quinn responded with stonewall and pressure.
Read Quinn’s General Counsel John F. Schomberg letter to Kay and the response.

A disturbing pattern of behavior is documented: Quinn’s agency heads have been non-responsive to Kay’s basic requests and the Governor’s lawyer has personally attacked Rep. Kay in a manner consistent with intimidation and thug politics.

No bid contracts. Grants galore. The Governor pressures the investigators. Taxpayers get the bill. 

Founder & Chairman, For The Good of Illinois

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