Towne claim of no involvement in changing law doesn't jibe, group says
Former LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne told a Chicago publication that he was not involved in trying to change state law to protect his State’s Attorney Felony Enforcement (SAFE) program, which the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) say seems awfully coincidental.
"Let me get this right," the ECW's Kirk Allen wrote on the group's Illinois Leaks website. "Towne, the board chairman of the ILSAAP (Illinois Office of the State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor), who happened to also enter into an Intergovernmental agreement with his state’s attorney office, had no involvement in changing a law that would apply to the very public agency of which he presides over? Does anyone believe that?"
Allen proceeds to lay out what he deemed a "connect-the-dots" view of how the legislation came about, concluding with the bill being signed by the governor.
"With all the connections exposed in the previous article on how they changed this law and the pattern of cover they were providing for themselves, coupled with information from his calendar, we find his claim of no involvement to be consistent with the chant selected by the local citizens, “Lyin Brian," Allen wrote.
Towne was recently indicted on 17 felony counts stemming from his oversight of SAFE, which the Illinois Supreme Court ruled was illegal early this summer.