Thompson Hine Partner Steven Block Named to The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker

Date: April 19, 2021

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Steven A. Block, a partner in Chicago in Thompson Hine’s White-Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement practice group, was appointed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission.

The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC) was formed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2009 to investigate claims of torture by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge or officers under his supervision. In 2016, the Legislature expanded TIRC’s authority to hear claims by individuals alleging torture by police officers unconnected to Burge. TIRC examines claims of tortured confessions and determines whether sufficient evidence of torture exists to merit judicial review. TIRC also refers evidence of criminal acts or professional misconduct to appropriate authorities.

Block, who joined Thompson Hine in 2018, has extensive government investigative and trial experience. As a Chicago federal prosecutor for 10 years, he investigated, prosecuted and supervised hundreds of cases involving a wide range of criminal offenses, including complex corruption and financial crimes. Block tried 10 federal cases to verdict and briefed and argued nine cases in the Seventh Circuit. Block also served for two years as chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he supervised more than 70 prosecutors and investigators handling some of the most complex cases in the office, including racketeering, murder, and law enforcement misconduct.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected for this important commission,” said Block. “I look forward to working with the other commissioners to fairly and impartially evaluate the serious allegations claimants ask TIRC to review.”