Madigan's office claims 'manipulation' in investigation
The Illinois Attorney General's Office said Knox County
State's Attorney John Pepmeyer has tried to manipulate a sexual
harassment investigation against him through lies and baseless attacks.
In a motion issued Friday in Knox County court, Attorney General Lisa
Madigan's office says Pepmeyer's claims that her office is biased and
unable to fairly investigate sexual harassment allegations against him
The motion also says Pepmeyer has made claims that are unsupported by
the court record, hopelessly contradictory and outright false.
"In a desperate attempt to have the court remove the attorney general as
the appointed investigator of State's Attorney Pepmeyer's possible
wrongdoing as state's attorney, he finally resorts to scurrilous and
unfounded attacks on the attorney general's professional integrity," the
motion said. "These attacks simply underscore State's Attorney
Pepmeyer's untempered zeal to manipulate the investigation of his own
The 16-page motion is in part a response to a motion Pepmeyer filed
April 23 that said Madigan could not be objective and fairly investigate
the claims of sexual harassment leveled against him by three female
employees because of political ties in Madigan's family.
Pepmeyer's motion said Madigan's father, Illinois Speaker of the House
Mike Madigan, has political ties to former Knox County State's Attorney
Paul Mangieri, who is now a judge in Fulton County.
Pepmeyer has accused Mangieri of financial wrongdoing during his time in
the office and launched an investigation of his own into the claims.
Pepmeyer's motion also said the attorney general's office should be
replaced because his office is required to work closely with the
attorney general's office on legal matters.
Pepmeyer agreed March 22 to the attorney general's appointment.
The attorney general's motion asks Judge Ed Danner to deny Pepmeyer's
request to replace the office with a new agency and cites case law
supporting its stand.
"What State's Attorney Pepmeyer offers as a basis for preventing the
attorney general from pursuing an investigation of him is even flimsier
than what was found insufficient (in other cases)."
Pepmeyer said Monday he had not seen the document and could not comment
Danner is expected to hear the numerous motions that have been filed in
the case at a hearing later this month.
The attorney general's motion goes on to say Pepmeyer's reasons for
wanting a new agency are not only false, but offensive as well.
"The suggestion that this relationship (between Mike Madigan and
Mangieri) can be imputed to the attorney general, as if she lacked
independent judgment on matters relating to the functions of her office,
is not only absurd, but patently offensive."
The Illinois State Police and the attorney general's office have been
investigating the claims of sexual harassment since March 22 when Danner
appointed those agencies to the case.
Pepmeyer is being represented by attorney Dan Webb, a Bushnell native
who was the lead defense attorney for former Gov. George Ryan during his
racketeering and fraud trial.
Kevin Sampier can be reached at 686-3041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.