March 22, 2012 · 10 Comments
DID YOU KNOW?
While investigating other county related matters a search pulled up a Federal Civil lawsuit that had Dee Burgin’s name in it.
Turns out it has not only Mr. Burgin’s name on it but the names of several other people named to include County of Edgar, all named as defendants.
You can download the complaint:
filed on the case and read it for yourself as it is rather interesting reading, but maybe not to surprising knowing Edgar County history. The last action on this case were documents filed just 2 days ago. Both the complaint and the response to the case are downloadable at the link above.
What we do find interesting is that after contacting a county board member to get some information on this we find that he had NO CLUE the county was named in a Federal Civil Rights Law suite. How is that possible?
We have done a pretty good job reporting on things and uncovering things but this one is pretty shocking to say the least. How is a case like this kept so quite that not even a county board member was aware of it? Anyone ever see this in the paper?
We are not implying that there was any type of cover-up or conspiracy but we would like some answers on some things.
I have asked the States Attorney why the County is being represented in this case by a private law firm instead of his office as it’s our understanding that the States Attorney is duty bound to represent all matters on behalf of the county. We have not gotten a response from his office but will keep you posted when we do.
We suspect what has happened is the insurance company for the county is handling the legal expense and has hired the law firm, but were still working on that confirmation. We have submitted a Freedom of Information Request to the Treasure to determine if any county money has been spent on this case. If so, we will report on it.
People named in the suit:
TERRY ROGERS in his individual capacity,
DEE BURGIN, in his individual capacity,
ROBERT WILSON, in his individual capacity,
BEVERLY WEGER, in her individual capacity,
and County of Edgar,Illinois
By Kirk Allen