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October 20, 2014, 12:56 pm
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Mayor Houston Doesn't Know Woman He Nominated to Homeless Commission

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he knows nothing about the woman he nominated for a spot on the city’s homeless commission two years ago… a woman who is now reportedly the target of both state and federal investigations.


Marlene Liss is under scrutiny for her relationship with Secretary of State Jesse White and for the high-paying job she landed in his office.


A report from White’s inspector general also says Liss is connected to a federal fraud investigation.


Houston says he doesn’t know how Liss’s name came to his attention, but thinks it may have been submitted to him from a non-profit group.


A mayoral spokesman says Liss did not attend a meeting during her one-year term and was not renominated.

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