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In the home stretch of an election, last-minute investigations and leaked documents highlighting possible fraud may sound like trademarks of Washington, D.C.-level politics, but a political analyst said Illinois is solidifying such antics while avoiding talking about major issues.

Just a day after a leaked report from a Cook County inspector outlining how Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker removed toilets from his mansion in what the inspector called a “scheme to defraud” the government, Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she’s opened a criminal inquiry into Gov. Bruce Rauner’s handling of public notifications regarding the Quincy veterans home legionella outbreak. Both stories came just ahead of this week’s ABC 7 debate.

Christopher Mooney, director of the University of Illinois System’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs, said this is the new normal. He said with such issues being used for politics, it becomes difficult to get to the bottom of what’s really going on.


“One of the problems with doing these things in the context of a political fight, a lot of times those factual questions get muddied by the political ones,” Mooney said.

“We are investigating whether any laws were violated in the response to the risks of an outbreak of Legionella at the Quincy veterans’ home, where many people died,” Madigan spokesperson Eileen Boyce said in a statement. “There needs to be an investigation to determine if laws were violated and whether residents of the home, their families, veterans’ home staff, and the public were…