Cahokia, IL. (ECWd) –
Cahokia, Illinois’ elected Village Clerk, Rich Dunkan, had his salary reduced so he could hire his wife, Debbie Dunkan, as his assistant.
There is a provision in the Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 9 (b), which states:
(b) An increase or decrease in the salary of an elected officer of any unit of local government shall not take effect during the term for which that officer is elected.
The Clerk, Rich Duncan, the Mayor, and majority of the Cahokia City Council have violated this provision, which in and of itself can be used as a predicate for felony criminal charges, and have possibly committed felony Official Misconduct for reducing the salary of the the City Clerk during his term of office.
It gets better, the Clerk had his salary reduced by $15,000 presumably so he could still qualify for federal payments (keeping him under the maximum income thresh-holds). When this all gets ironed out, I believe we will find he is defrauding the federal government, reporting inaccurate salary and income to stay qualified for their payments.
At the same time, he hired his wife, Debbie Dunkan, as his assistant and is paying her $32,000 per year.
The salary reduction places a risk on the village. The salary reduction violates law, is invalid, and the complete salary is payable to Rich Dunkan.
Read more about this situation on KTVI, FOX-2 (here).