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Kankakee Park District violating Open Meetings Law – Fails to approve meeting minutes for nine consecutive months

KANKAKEE, IL. (ECWd) – The Kankakee Valley Park District, on the losing edge of a financial cliff, has apparently made the decision it doesn’t want ...

Princeton Park District could exceed $14,000 given to Commissioners –

PRINCETON, IL. (ECWd) – The Princeton Park District’s gifting of memberships and fee waivers to their Commissioners in violation of the Park District Code, which ...

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 ...

Princeton Park District gifting memberships to Commissioners –

PRINCETON, IL. (ECWd) – The Princeton Park District, in the recent past, had finally determined, after considerable public questioning, to make families of Park Commissioners pay ...

Kankakee Airport Commissioner, Attorney Resignations

KANKAKEE, IL. (ECWd) – The Kankakee Valley Airport Authority held its first meeting since receiving this letter from IDOT in reference to a potential commissioner disqualification ...

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 ...

RIDES Mass Transit District files amended complaint v. Edgar County –

PARIS, IL. (ECWd) – A full eight days after the cut-off date to file an amended complaint, RIDES-MTD filed one in Edgar County Circuit Court. This ...

Wheeling Mayor Dean Argiris Uses City Vehicle For Private Business Purposes –

WHEELING, IL. (ECWd) – Dean Argiris, the Mayor of Wheeling, Illinois has been asked during public meetings to explain his use of the city vehicle. ...

Jodi Carroll Interviewed ECWd on Everyday Heroes Radio –

CHICAGO, IL. (ECWd) – Jodi Carroll, from Everyday Heroes Radio interviewed the Edgar County Watchdogs on her radio show and was gracious enough to allow ...

Wheeling’s Mayor Argiris Used City Credit for Personal Use and Appears to have Lied About Repayment –

WHEELING, IL. (ECWd) – The Mayor of Wheeling, Illinois,  Dean Argiris, has used the city credit card for personal and private business purposes. As if ...

IDOT Questions Kankakee Valley Airport Authority Commissioner Rende Langlois’ Qualification For Office –

Kankakee, IL. (ECWd) – The Interim Director of the Illinois Department of Transportation – Division of Aeronautics, Steve Young, has sent a letter to the Kankakee ...

ROE#12 Superintendent Monte Newlin comes out with admissions and contradictions –

HUTSONVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – After our article highlighting one of the deficiencies in the Regional Office of Education #12’s most recent audit, Monte Newlin, Regional ...

Law and Order in Hancock County – LaHarpe Mayor Charged with Official Misconduct

Hancock Co. (ECWd) – We first reported on the alleged violation of law by the LaHarpe Mayor when he used public equipment and personnel for ...

Monte Newlin, ROE#12, caught using ROE credit cards for personal purchases –

HUTSONVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – To start off with, Mr. Monte Newlin, Superintendent of the Regional Office of Education #12, fresh off of a Chapter 7 ...

RIDES v. Edgar Co. – What really happened in the Courtroom –

CHARLESTON, IL. (ECWd) – We will cover several issues in this article, starting with what was reported in the local paper: Prairie Press (PP): “. ...

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 ...

Supreme Court cites Allen v. Clark Co. Park District in Opinion on Springfield School District 186 v. Atty. Gen. –

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) – On January 20, 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its Opinion in Board of Education of Springfield School District No. 186 ...

Shelbyville Township Electoral Board Strikes Objection –

SHELBYVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – The newly appointed electoral board in Shelbyville Township met this afternoon to deliberate on the objections filed against a candidate running ...

Clark Co. Park District Votes Against Accepting Resignation –

MARSHALL, IL. (ECWd) – As I alluded to in the previous article on the most recent resignation of Charity Murphy, the director of the park ...

South Sangamon Water Commission: No Hunting On Commission Property –

ROCHESTER, IL. (ECWd) – We attended the South Sangamon Water Commission’s meeting on January 17, 2017, to raise an issue we had previously written about; ...

FREE Citizen Watchdog Training Champaign, IL. – Jan 21st –

CHAMPAIGN, IL. (ECWd) – Live near Champaign? Curious to know how to hold you local public bodies accountable or learn how your property tax dollars ...

Clark County Park District Director Resigns…again…

MARSHALL, IL. (ECWd) – The Agenda has been posted for the January 19, 2017, Clark County Park District monthly meeting. One of the listed items ...

Lisle Village Board Violates Law On Camera –

LISLE, IL. (ECWd) – One of the issues concerning Mayor Broda and the Village of Lisle is a Binding Opinion from the Illinois Attorney General ...

Mayor Renner’s Clerk Finally Produces Uncensored City Council Meeting Video –

BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) – Although the City of Bloomington violated the law by failing to produce requested records within the timeline established by the Freedom ...

Lisle Village Clerk gets work release from 3rd DUI and serves as Electoral Board Member –

LISLE, IL. (ECWd) – Only in Illinois can you be a 3-time DUI offender – sentenced to 4 months in jail, and then get work ...

Lisle CUSD 202 Backtracks On Copyright Claims –

LISLE, IL. (ECWd) – After claiming copyright on its board meeting videos, and then spending over 18 minutes of time we can never recover talking ...

RIDES Mass Transit Lawsuit v. Edgar County Dismissed, Both Counts Stricken –

EDGAR CO., IL. (ECWd) – During the hearing on January 11, 2017, the Court heard arguments from both RIDES Mass Transit District and Edgar County ...

Washington Times: “The unsung heroes of Illinois” –

EDGAR CO., IL. (ECWd) – Nice article in the Washington Times about a couple of Illinois Watchdogs… “Their dedication to making things get better faster ...

Fourth Circuit Chief Judge McHaney – Overstepping Appointment Authority?

Fourth Circuit Court (ECWd) – “Judge Michael McHaney, Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit, hereby make the following appointments pursuant to 10 ILCS 5/10-9……” The ...

Citizen Watchdog Training Champaign, IL. – Jan 21st –

CHAMPAIGN, IL. (ECWd) – Dear Friend, Curious to see how your local government spends your property taxes? Interested in learning how to hold elected officials ...

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