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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Carla Brockmeier Fails to Answer Yet Another FOIA Request, Will Spend More Tax Money On Attorneys –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – The City of Carlinville’s Freedom Of Information Act Officer and City Clerk, Carla Brockmeier, has failed to comply with the FOIA ...

Carlinville Published Forged Meeting Minutes –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – On top of refusing to provide credit card statements, other public records, and lying about mailing CDs in response to FOIA ...

Confirmed: Carlinville’s Mayor, Clerk, and Attorney Lied About Mailing CDs –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – At Carlinville’s City Council meeting on April 3, 2017, the council directed their attorney to provide all the requested records for all ...

Metcalf flooding pictures –

Metcalf, IL. (ECWd) – Pictures are of flooding in Metcalf – mostly on Metcalf Road, with County Road 6 being the worst. Mayor Cheryl Gill ...

Carlinville poised to spend more tax funds on new AG FOIA denial inquiry –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – Carlinville FOIA Officer apparently thinks FOIA does not apply to them. The Illinois Attorney General has sent another letter of inquiry ...

Carlinville’s City Employee Payroll –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – Breaking News: The City of Carlinville answered a FOIA request within the 5-day requirement! The Freedom Of Information Act request did ...

Carlinville spending more taxpayer funds to keep secrets –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – A long-time reader of ECWd sent us the attached letter from the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor requesting the City of Carlinville ...

Citizen Watchdog Training – May 6 – Effingham

EFFINGHAM, IL. (ECWd) – As citizens, we don’t just have the right to expect local governments spend our tax dollars legally and transparently–we have the ...

Wheeling resident questions timing of former Mayor Argiris’ house payment, village’s gift of property to developer

WHEELING, IL. (ECWd) – During the Wheeling Village Council meeting on May 1, 2017, a resident questioned the suspicious timing of a gift of public property ...

Carlinville FOIA Update

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – A quick update on the City of Carlinville’s continued noncompliance with the Freedom Of Information Act. Received: The city answered the ...

Coles County “Commercial Assessor” is actually a Contractor – not an Employee –

COLES CO., IL. (ECWd) – Coles County “Commercial Assessor” is actually a Contractor – not an Employee, and has never been properly contracted with, nor ...

Carlinville Park District joins three others in complying with law –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – Carlinville Park District has joined the ranks of three other park districts in Illinois to live up to  Illinois Park District ...

Carlinville Refuses to answer FOIA requests from 3 more people –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – Mayor Deanna Demuzio’s leadership is a complete failure. She gets an “F” in transparency and an “F” in leadership. The Carlinville FOIA ...

City of Carlinville fails to answer summons in FOIA lawsuit –

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – Update 4-28-2017: Carlinville filed an answer to the Complaint with the Macoupin Circuit Clerk’s Office today, April 28, 2017. According to ...

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 ...

Whiteside County Airport Board Chairman and another member resign –

WHITESIDE CO., IL. (ECWd) – Within a week of our attendance at the Whiteside County Airport Board meeting, the Chairman and another board member tendered ...

Carlinville fails to answer another Attorney General inquiry, still hiding records

CARLINVILLE, IL. (ECWd) – In a direct reflection of Mayor Deanna Demuzio’s incompetence in seeking out legal advice, her chosen attorneys are failing to assist her in complying with the ...

(Video) Representatives Ives, Wehrli discuss the Frank Mautino Hearing with ECWd –

Chicago, IL. (ECWd) – Illinois State Representatives Jeanne Ives and Grant Wehrli talk to ECWd about their thoughts on Mautino and last week’s hearing in ...

NIU’s Overpriced Dorm Rooms – Ripping off the students? –

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (ECWd) – Attention students, and parents of students, at Northern Illinois University! If you are unhappy with the high dorm prices, pay ...

Convicted of Felony, Indicted by Grand Jury for Felony Vote Buying, Elected Mayor of Alorton, IL.

Alorton, IL. (ECWd) – JoAnn Reed, the vile creature who was caught on camera screaming obscenities, the likes you might hear from a drunken street ...

NIU slammed by State Auditor for FOIA and Records Retention Noncompliance –

Northern Illinois University – (ECWd) – Is it better for a state agency to misrepresent its practices to the Office of the Auditor General or ...

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