At a press conference in Springfield today, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady outlined a bill he is sponsoring in the Senate
that would require the state to post online the names and pictures of
all prison inmates released early by the Quinn administration -- either
through the MGT Push program or its alternative budget-saving program.
Brady continually suggested that these programs were responsible for the early release of a Sangamon county resident, Jonathan Philips, who committed murder shortly after he was let out of prison. Capitol Fax noted that an AP reporter "countered repeatedly that the AP had looked into the Phillips case and
determined that he was not set free before the normal day-for-day good
time release which any other inmate could get." Brady responded by claiming that the Quinn administration is hiding
the names of the inmates released under the two programs. Watch this exchange:
As it turns out, the data Brady is seeking is, in fact, available online (PDF). And Philips' name is not on the list.
Update (3:41 pm): The Tribune also has a good rundown of the flap. Read it here.