Family wants head of torture commission fired

CHICAGO – Relatives of a couple who were fatally beaten with baseball bats 30 years ago want the executive director of a commission investigating police torture allegations to be removed because they say the panel never told them it was looking into their cases.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the commission was scheduled to meet Wednesday.

The relatives of Dean and Jo Ellen Pueschel join Gov. Pat Quinn in calling Dave Thomas to resign from the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission for failing to notify victims' relatives about the hearings, which is required by law. The commission is looking at several cases to determine if their convictions stemmed from confessions under torture and if their cases should be reopened.