Tobin demands Fawell indictment

July 1, 1993

Tobin demands Fawell indictment

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

Jim Tobin, head of National Taxpayers United of Illinois, wants to know why the U.S. government has failed to indict Scott Fawell in connection with the licenses for bribes scandal.

Fawell was chief of staff for George Ryan, who was then Illinois Secretary of State. He was part of Ryan’s inner circle during the time truck driver licenses were being peddled in return for “donations” to Ryan’s campaign fund when he ran for governor. The U.S. Attorney said the bribes totaled $170,000, but other sources claim they may be as much as $1 million.

“Two years ago sources told me that Scott Fawell was on the verge of being indicted,” Tobin said, “but something or someone in the justice system could have been delaying the process. Fawell may not be willing to be the fall guy for ‘Gorgeous George’ Ryan, and may be planning to testify against Ryan in return for lesser charges. Could it be that Ryan’s Republican pals in the justice system are hoping that Ryan will be saved by statutes of limitation?”

Tobin said some members of the press have been hinting that some action is about to be taken by the government. “For the sake of Illinois taxpayers, who have been pillaged and raped by Ryan’s corruption and massive tax increases, I hope the U.S. Attorney’s office is finally getting ready to act,” Tobin said.

He said when the scandal grew worse, Fawell was distanced from Ryan by giving him a job as CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority in Chicago with a generous salary of $170,000.

“It’s time the U.S. Attorney earned his salary,” Tobin said. “He should bring Scott Fawell to justice and close in on the shifty Gov. Ryan, who must not be allowed to escape punishment for the corruption he has overseen due to statutes of limitation.”

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