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October 21, 2014, 1:22 pm
970 WMAY News

Group Wants Churches To Address Public Corruption

A Springfield man wants to enlist churches in the fight against corruption in Illinois government.


Use player above to listen to Greg Bishop talk with Scott Stahlman about Tuesday's roundtable. Download the MP3 aduio file here.

Appearing live this weekend on 970 WMAY’s “Saturday Session,” Scott Stahlman says the religious community has been standing idly by while state officials have used public funds and resources for private gain.


He founded the group Return of Illinois in an effort to get more people involved to speak out and take action against corruption in the public sector.


Stahlman says the idea started at a men’s group meeting where they discussed the issue of corruption in Illinois and what the churches are doing about it.


Stahlman says that there are many examples of illegal corruption, as evident with a recent string of convictions related to former Governor Rod Blagojevich.


There are also examples of legal corruption, according to Stahlman.


He notes that people wanting to give to charity take the option to give with their Illinois State Tax Return, but that is taken advantage of by lawmakers looking for funds to use in other programs.


The group will hold a discussion on the subject Tuesday evening at 6 at Lincoln Library downtown.

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