The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, a body set up to investigate claims of Chicago police torture, lost its $235,000 of yearly funding in the state budget passed by the General Assembly last week. However, the commission, which Gov. Pat Quinn set up in 2009, will file its first ever report today, laying out specific cases of torture. Each case will be assigned to a trial judge.
The torture commission was not exactly awash in political clout. Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), who sponsored legislation creating the body, said he was not aware funding got cut. Commission executive director David Thomas told the Tribune, "... we don't have a real political constituency. Our people are all in prison."