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Jasper County landowner arrested after refusing to pay County Clerk 50 cents for photos he took with own cellphone –

Newton, IL. (ECWd) – This is what happens when local elected officials think they can do whatever they want, the law be damned. We believe ...

IL. Supreme Court rules – IHSA not a public body as defined by FOIA -Ruling problematic for COD Foundation

Illinois (ECWd) – For the foregoing reasons, we hold that the IHSA is not a public body as defined by the FOIA and that the ...

Carlinville High School identified on Image Board list soliciting/exchanging nude photos according to NBC News 5 Investigation –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – According to NBC-5 News Investigation, Carlinville High School is on a list found on an “Image Board” soliciting nude photos. There ...

Did Macoupin County Board and Dave Ambrose collude to influence tax referendum at election?

MACOUPIN CO., IL. (ECWd) – Update: We want to make it clear this allegation is from the 2014 election cycle and previous tax referendum, not ...

Nauvoo, IL. Mayor Filed False Statements of Economic Interest –

NAUVOO, IL. (ECWd) – Requests to the City of Nauvoo for documents associated with the bid process for the City of Nauvoo have gone unanswered, ...

Coles County sold bonds to construct office building for Regional Education Superintendent

Coles Co. (ECWd) – As the State of Illinois crumbles from failures of our public officials to know and do their job, one only need ...

NIU – OEIG appears to have completed unauthorized expenditure complaint and forwarded findings to NIU –

Northern Illinois University (ECWd) – NIU and President Doug Baker’s administration continue to dazzle with their numerous creative ways to circumvent state rules.  The ban ...

Carlinville’s FOIA Officer Carla Brockmeier should resign –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – Carlinville FOIA Officer and City Clerk, Carla Brockmeier, has violated the law again and kept more public records hidden away in ...

State Board of Elections protects Mautino – Fails the people of Illinois

Illinois (ECWd) – All the State Board of Election had to do was determine if Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino reported his State Representative campaign ...

Video: House fire in 200 block of East Madison in Paris –

PARIS, IL. (ECWd) – Video of the house fire in the 200 block of East Madison Street in Paris, Illinois. It was called in at ...

Coles County Board Meeting met with angry citizens –

COLES CO., IL (ECWd) – The Coles County Board held its monthly meeting on May 9, 2017, at the Coles County Courthouse. The Board moved ...

Carlinville Blows Off Attorney General Again – Refuses To Answer –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – The City of Carlinville has been sent a “2nd Request” for a response to a Request For Review of an alleged ...

Clark County

Clark County Park Board Voids Leased Lot Agreement –

CLARK CO., IL. (ECWd) – During a Special Meeting of the Clark County Park District Board of Commissioners, held April 25, 2017, the Board voted ...

Parks Commissioner Joe Ewing gets vulgar, texts “Shove that congrats in your _ _ s” –

MARSHALL, IL. (ECWd) – Wow, Clark County, this is what you voted for. Own it. We knew reality would eventually set in when he realized ...

Marshall’s Mayor Sanders leads charge to give away your tax money –

MARSHALL, IL. (ECWd) – During the February 27, 2017 Marshall City Council Meeting, the majority of the council voted to misappropriate another $5000 of your hard-earned ...

CCPD Ex Director Still Takes From the Public

CLARK CO., IL. (ECWd) – Sources at the Clark County Park District have informed us that Charity Murphy, who resigned last week, has refused to ...

Clark County Park District Director Charity Murphy Quit Today –

CLARK CO., IL. (ECWd) – At a Clark County Park District special meeting tonight, February 10, 2017, it was revealed after executive session that Charity ...

Outgoing Park Board’s Attempts To Quiet Voter’s Choice Fails

CLARK CO., IL. (ECWd) – During the Clark County Park District’s regular monthly meeting held April 20, 2017 at 6pm, Park Commissioner Randy Blankenship asked ...

When does a Park Commissioner cease being a Commissioner?

Clark Co., IL. (ECWd) – This article is to clarify when we believe an elected park district commissioner takes office – or more importantly, ceases ...

U.S. District Attorney announces Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force –

(Pay attention Clark County…Effingham County…you are in this district) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 10, 2017 Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force Introduces New Tipline ...

Clark County Park District Settles Open Meetings Lawsuit, Writes Check –

CLARK CO., IL. (ECWd) – The Clark County park District recently settled the Open Meetings Act lawsuit after their complete defeat at the Appellate Court ...

Clark Co. Park District pays $7,500 to settle Open Meetings Act lawsuit –

CLARK CO., (ECWd) – The Clark County Park District Board of Commissioners voted to approve a settlement in the lawsuit brought against them for alleged ...

Will Clark County Park District face the rule of law like Kankakee Valley Park District has?

Kankakee Co.(ECWd) – “Springfield, Ill. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Sept. 7, that charges Roy Collins, former executive director of the ...

WCIA report on Citizen Watchdog Training – Champaign –

CHAMPAIGN, IL. (ECWd) – WCIA-3 reported on our citizen watchdog training held in Champaign yesterday. It was sponsored by AFP Foundation – Americans For Prosperity Foundation ...

DuPage County

IL. Supreme Court rules – IHSA not a public body as defined by FOIA -Ruling problematic for COD Foundation

Illinois (ECWd) – For the foregoing reasons, we hold that the IHSA is not a public body as defined by the FOIA and that the ...

Better Government Association offering free FOIA training

DuPage Co. (ECWd) – The Better Government Association has asked us to assist in the promotion of their upcoming citizen watchdog training to be held ...

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn sign agreement –

College of DuPage (ECWd) – The College of DuPage, Village of Glen Ellyn, and the DuPage County Board all agreed that Glen Ellyn would once ...

Laura Hois, Downers Grove Township Clerk, seeking taxpayer funded pension based on void ordinance –

Downers Grove, IL. (ECWd) – Corrected to reflect she is not currently receiving a pension (but has been seeking one). Laura Hois is a Candidate ...

COD Motions for Interlocutory Appeal v. Breuder –

DuPage Co., IL. (ECWd) – On March 17, 2017, the College of DuPage filed a 9-page Motion to Certify For Interlocutory Appeal the denial of ...

College of DuPage motion to stay and appeal granted in Breuder case.

DuPage Co. (ECWd) – Federal Judge Wood issued an order May 5th, 2017, regarding the appeal requested by the College of Dupage and the Board ...

College of DuPage- voting to settle claimed excess force and false arrest by Police

DuPage Co.  (ECWd) – November 4th, 2015, Plaintiff  Jaclyn Pazera filed this complaint against police officers working for the College of DuPage and also named ...

Community College Trustees and Conflicts of Interest –

ECWd – This year has been one of those unique election cycles where the election results created real questions on what exactly constitutes a conflict ...

Downers Grove Township Clerk Pension Debate – Part 2

DOWNERS GROVE, IL. (ECWd) – Part one is located at this link (here) and mainly discusses the September 2016 Downers Grove Township meeting where there appeared ...

Higher Learning Commission – The new hammer against Fraud and Abuse in Higher Education

United States (ECWd) – The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is set to meet with the College of DuPage Board of Trustees next month in an ...

Update: Lisle Woman Accused of Forging Petitions for Seat on College of DuPage Board of Trustees

DuPage Co., IL. (ECWd) – Press Release Contact Information: Media Coordinator: 630-407-8160 Thursday, March 16, 2017 Lisle Woman Accused of Forging Petitions for Seat on ...

College of DuPage makes history- SLEA Director approved by ILETSB

DuPage Co. (ECWd) – For the first time in the history of COD, the SLEA Director has been approved by the ILETSB.  We first reported ...