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We made this post for a project we are working on, but decided our readers might enjoy seeing how our activities and writing style have changed over the years.

There are a few months not listed (and those will be linked in here when I figure out how to do that) from our original website where I used MS Word and saved it as an html file – which quickly became too burdensome, and we switched to WordPress.

Enjoy.

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Burkhart files SLAPP suit v. ECWd, et al –

DuPage Co., IL. (ECWd) –

A College of DuPage Foundation Board Member has filed suit in DuPage County Circuit Court, Case number 2015L001244 against the Edgar County Watchdogs Incorporated, and three other defendants.  (Chicago Tribune coverage here)

Carla Burkhart, owner of Herricane Graphics, has filed what we classify as a SLAPP Lawsuit, a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.

This suit, in our opinion, is baseless.  We stand by our publications, and will vigorously defend this suit designed to chill criticism and petitioning of government and its operations.

We encourage you to read the lawsuit and read the articles complained about.

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Quote of the day – Do you agree?

Illinois – (ECWd)

“Increasingly in the United States, the degree to which a law is enforced – or whether a person is indicted – depends on the political considerations.  And when the law has become negotiable, civilization utterly collapses.” (Author -Victor Hanson)

 

 




SIU – Judge Gilbert appointment in error!

Springfield – (ECWd)

It appears a senior sitting judge has been appointed to the SIU Board of Trustees.  This is a violation of SIU Charter ethics rules as well as the Canons he is bound by as a Judge, in our opinion.

Judge Gilbert  is taking the position that he is not an employee since he is retired and as he put it, working for free, even though he receives an “annuity” and full benefits as a Federal Judge…for life.

A report from his office to the Illinois Review stated: “Judge Gilbert retired from active service on March 15, 2014. Judge Gilbert is a senior judge and receives a pension. Judge Gilbert is not an employee of the federal government.”  (Illinois review coverage shortly after our article on this matter)

“is not an employee of the federal government”

Let’s keep it simple and do as the courts do.  Read the plain language of the law and apply it.  In this case, we go to the federal laws and see what they have to say about the definition of an employee.

5 U.S. Code 2105 Employee: (a) For the purpose of this title, “employee”, except as otherwise provided by this section or when specifically modified, means an officer and an individual who is:

(2) engaged in the performance of a Federal function under authority of law or an Executive act—

A Federal Judge is an officer of the court, and an individual, so the first prong is met.  He admits to still hearing cases, thus he is engaged in the performance of a Federal function under authority of law.  Note that the Federal law makes no reference to pay as a factor of being employed.  I mention that because of his comment of, “I’m not sure people understand that I’m working for free,”.  

Under 5 US Code 2105 he meets the definition of “employee”

Note: Retired Judge Don Lowery, former SIU Trustee, agreed with our interpretation and insists that Judge Gilbert is in fact an employee and cannot serve in both positions.  

Realizing our laws have more loop holes than anyone could ever imagine, let’s look at other criteria that play a factor in this situation. Criteria that a Judge is BOUND BY!

Code of Conduct for United States Judges:

Canon 4 – “….a judge should not participate in extrajudicial activities that detract from the dignity of the judge’s office, interfere with the performance of the judge’s official duties, reflect adversely on the judge’s impartiality, lead to frequent disqualification, or violate the limitations set forth below.”

  • (1) A judge should not serve if it is likely that the organization will either be engaged in proceedings that would ordinarily come before the judge or be regularly engaged in adversary proceedings in any court.

It appears if the organization, in this case SIU, appears regularly in adversary proceedings in ANY court he may not participate as a trustee.  SIU routinely has around 2 dozen cases in court at any given time according to Judge Lowery.

It appears the Supreme Court is of the same opinion.  After drafting this article, Mr. Kraft came up with this Supreme Court opinion that ties directly to this specific Canon in question.  Although in this opinion they are talking about a Hospital appointment, the parallels are spot on and the determination was specific and clearly applies in this case.

“If the hospital is regularly engaged in adversary proceedings in any court, Supreme Court Rule 65 (b)(1) bars the judge from serving on that hospitals board.” (Supreme Court Opinion)

Change the word Hospital to SIU and realize that SIU is engaged in upwards of 2 dozen cases a year.

“If SIU is regularly engaged in adversary proceedings in any court, Supreme Court Rule 65 (b)(1) bars the judge from serving on the SIU Board.”

Judge Gilbert would be bared under Supreme Court Rule 65(b)(1) from serving on the SIU Board.

If your still not convinced, try this one!

Canon 4(F) Governmental Appointments. A judge may accept appointment to a governmental committee, commission, or other position only if it is one that concerns the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice, or if appointment of a judge is required by federal statute. (Click here for Canons for Federal Judges)

From Committee on Codes of Conduct Advisory Opinion No. 93
Extrajudicial Activities Related to the Law:  “As another example, a judge may generally serve on the board of a law school, but may not serve on a state board responsible for operating a public university. (See Page 154)
First and foremost, the appointment to the SIU Board of Trustees is a state board charged with the responsibility for operating SIU, which is a public University.  Yes, they have a law degree program under the SIU umbrella but that portion of the school does not have a board for the law school itself to my understanding and besides, even if they did, that is not the board he has been appointed to.

“to qualify as an acceptable law-related activity, the activity must be directed toward the objective of improving the law, qua law, or improving the legal system or administration of justice, and not merely utilizing the law or the legal system as a means to achieve an underlying social, political, or civic objective.” (Page 155)

“A permissible activity, in other words, is one that serves the interests generally of those who use the legal system, rather than the interests of any specific constituency, or enhances the prestige, efficiency or function of the legal system itself.” (Page 155) 

The examples provided in those opinions are NOT the function of the position of University Trustee so we can exclude any attempt at using 4F as a loop hole.   Also note that no where in the opinions or Canons does it stipulate those rules only apply if you are getting paid.

It applies if you’re a JUDGE!

 So how can Federal Judge Giblert sit on the SIU Board of Trustees?

Simple!  Follow the Canons you are bound by!

“A retired judge who is retired under 28 U.S.C. §§ 371(b) or 372(a), or who is recalled to judicial service, should comply with all the provisions of this Code except Canon 4F, but the judge should refrain from judicial service during the period of an extra-judicial appointment not sanctioned by Canon 4F .. .” (see Page 52 &53)

Simply refrain from judicial service while sitting on the board of trustees and all is fine.  All judicial service

There might be one small problem in this situation that points to why he does not simply stop hearing cases so he can be appointed to the SIU Board.

Depending on his retirement status under Federal law 28 U.S. Code 371 -Retirement on salary; retirement on senior status,  he may be required to to meet certain criteria to continue to receive the salary of the office.  That criteria can be found in section (e) (Click here for 28 US Code 371)

 We are confident in our assessment on this and stand by our first article pointing out that such an appointment violates the rules!




Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and may we all remember the real reason for the season.

Luke 2:11-Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

His birth was with a purpose that I pray more people will come to understand and accept.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.




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Thank You to our readers and supporters…

EDGAR CO. (ECWd) –

We would like to take this time to give our readers a big Thank You for your support and for taking the time to read our articles.

We especially appreciate those that have come forward with tips and information we can verify. It makes our job much easier when we know what to look for.

We started out 2014 with around 56,000 visitors per month, passed 70,000/month in May, and are now over 85,000 visitors this month.

At this rate, we should fly past the 2 million visitors mark by the end of April 2015. We are currently at 1.65 million.

As in the past, we will continue to bring Truth to the forefront of everything we report on. We will never refuse to show the Truth, no matter who or what we are writing about. Advertisers cannot influence us, we do not need their money.

We will continue to base our articles on public records, giving as much background information as possible, and linking to those public records so you may read them for yourselves.

We remain true to our original intentions: “Truth – Transparency – Accountability” in our local public bodies.

Knowledge is power, no knowledge is no power. Don’t rely on others to give you whatever knowledge they want you to have. Don’t rely on any news organization for your information, don’t rely on us for all of your information. It is up to you to become more informed.

Thank you once again from the Edgar County Watchdog team.

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Dedicated Response to CNSI Senior Vice President-Legal Counsel

We welcome comments from the public and especially comments from Kathryn Harris, a Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel for a company referenced in our recent article here.  We took the time to respond with facts and evidence collected by our investigation team.

As counsel at CNSI, I think it is important to address the misinformation in this piece, and by extension, in Mr. Aswell’s Louisiana blog”.

It’s important to address misinformation and when addressing any perceived pieces of misinformation in my writing and by extension the writing of anyone else, please designate which writing you’re addressing so the readers know.  Co-mingling a response to different articles is a tactic used by design to confuse readers.  

 “CNSI is a mid-sized cutting edge Health IT company in a field dominated by a few well entrenched mega companies. Our ability to innovate in the Medicaid industry is a threat to many of the larger companies in this space. So attacks against CNSI are not surprising, but false or misleading statements about any company need to be corrected”.

We don’t attack companies; we are not helping someone in the marketplace, and report facts as we find them.  We agree there is no place for false or misleading statements in any reporting, nor does it have any place in a response to such reporting!

 Let’s look at the facts.

You stated “CNSI sued the State of Louisiana because CNSI’s contract with the State of Louisiana was terminated hastily, without notice or cause, ….”

Let’s set this straight.  CNSI was put under Federal Grand Jury Investigation and the contract was terminated with LA by Governor Jindal prior to CNSI suing LA. (Supporting report)

Coast to coast major newspapers such as the Washington Post and national online media such as Yahoo Finance reported on alleged improper contact between Bruce Greenstein, (state official who was your former Vice President ) and CNSI.  Reports are he allowed CNSI to low ball a bid that was ultimately awarded to CNSI.   Greenstein resigned immediately after the allegations! (Supporting Report)

Only after the allegations were made and the news was blasting CNSI, was a law suit filed against the State of Louisiana for a contract termination.  The LA Attorney General’s office said you were trying “to obtain the identities of state employees who have provided evidence to attorney general investigators and who will be called to testify before the special grand jury investigating this matter.”  (Supporting Report).

Let’s not forget the very public notice given by LA Governor in regards to your company if the person awarded the contract has acted fraudulent or in bad faith, the contract shall be declared null and void.” (Link to cited statute).  With two options cited in that statute we find it very telling the Governor cited the one that points to fraudulent or bad faith on behalf of CNSI.

Louisiana DOA also sent a letter to CNSI’s attorney and in that letter it spelled out several reasons for the termination. (Supporting Report)

One of those cited reasons for termination and highlighted was a claim that “hundreds of telephone calls and thousands of text messages between Greenstein and CNSI management throughout the entire process created an unfair advantage to CNSI.”  

We have the same type of logs between Illinois HFS CIO Stephen Depooter and CNSI officials, example document.  

Sarif Hussein Executive VP of CNSI  requested competitor information from Illinois Executive Staff so Illinois and CNSI could create a presentation to counter your competitions position with Federal CMS.  CNSI claims to have no contract with Illinois and in your words, has not solicited Illinois.  Hussein states our solution is a proven and certified solution, theirs is not yet implemented and it is just a claim they are making that it would be faster and cheaper. We are ready to engage in these discussions any time.”   This sounds like a solicitation and presentation to Federal CMS being developed. (Supporting Document).

Conveniently avoided is any acknowledgment of the Federal Investigation and it’s been clearly reported that documents revealed Greenstein influenced a change in the solicitation for proposals that allowed CNSI to compete.   Most folks would agree an Attorney General is not going to advise their client to terminate a contract unless they have substantial evidence to support such an act.

Terminated hastily, without notice or cause? 

all to the detriment of the people of the State. The savings and improvements that were to accrue to the State and its taxpayers from the CNSI contract were significant and would have brought the state’s Medicaid system, built over 25 years ago, into the 21st century. Louisiana now faces the stark reality of an antiquated system that will cost twice as much to run and many millions more to update to comply with law and to ultimately replace”.

Let’s give you the benefit of the doubt and say that is true.  We must ask, if the alleged wrongdoing is substantiated are you implying its justified by the savings and improvements?

“Relative to the claim of a “laundry list of states that are suing CNSI”, it does not appear this statement is based on anything but unsupported innuendo. Does anyone check facts anymore? CNSI is engaged in a law suit against the state of Louisiana for wrongful termination of our contract, and a lawsuit in Michigan relating to services that were fully performed and accepted and for which CNSI was not paid; the latter suit is currently being settled. This is all public record”.

Why no mention of South Dakota, where CNSI’s work is the subject of lawsuits and where officials complain in court records of cost overruns and system defects? (Supporting Report)

In South Dakota, officials aren’t talking about the on-going dispute the state Department of Social Services has with CNSI.  Settlement negotiations are under way. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials — anxious to modernize claims processing — are involved in discussions.  CNSI was awarded the South Dakota Medicaid claims processing system contract in June 2008.  There followed two years of disputes between CNSI and the state agency as costs mounted. Project costs had risen from the original $62.7 million contract amount to an estimated $80 million-plus, according to court records.  CNSI served notice that it would suspend work because it was not getting paid. Then, the state agency moved to end the contract, according to court records. (Supporting Report)

We are well aware of the law suit in Michigan and even linked to it in our first article.

Although legal battles in three states might not fully qualify in your mind as a laundry list, we the tax payers think otherwise.  It’s enough of a list to raise serious concern as to what is happening in our state, which has been said to be the most corrupt in the nation.  

Unsupported innuendo?

“This brings us to the accusations of “cost overruns” and “low balling” lobbed in this blog. First, CNSI is often the low bidder because it offers a more cost effective, scalable technology platform. One CNSI state client saved $148 million in the first 18 months after going live with a CNSI solution. Second, state Medicaid Management Information System contracts are multi-year, firm fixed price agreements. They are often amended to address new work that is required to meet federal and other state mandates. However, any cost overrun is at the vendor’s risk, and not the state or the taxpayers”.

Maine- October 2006: According to local newspaper reports, the project has cost the state $56 million to date, far more than the original bid of $15 million. The project was originally slated to go-live in 2005, and the regional Medicaid office refused to pay any more federal reimbursement for costs overruns incurred after July 2005.(Supporting Report)

The laundry list:

  • Maine $14.5 million   End of work: $70 million
  • South Dakota $62.7 million  End of work: $80 million-plus
  • Washington $70 million   End of work $164 million
  • Michigan $51.5 million End of work $227.2 million
  • Louisiana $185 million Proposed End of work $234 million

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, had advised caution and to “just be aware of (CNSI contract) amendments in general.”

In Louisiana, the CNSI contract has been amended once since it was signed, increasing its $185 million cost by about $9 million. A second contract amendment proposed by DHH that would have added another $40 million was sidelined recently by the state Division of Administration.

What was it that the AG’s office cautioned to be on the lookout for?

The challenges include allegations that CNSI low-balled its costs in a proposal that had to many incorrect assumptions. (Supporting Report)

Adding to the state’s fiscal woes is the decision by Greenstein’s successor in the regional Medicaid office to stop federal reimbursement of the project for cost overruns after July of 2005.  “There is no more federal funding for this program,” said Richard McGreal, the current associate regional administrator for Medicaid, and there won’t be until the state submits a new plan and proves the system can do all the vendor promised – something beyond just paying the bills. (Supporting Report)

“I believe that CNSI owes the state for the damages that they’ve caused,” Glynn said, adding that the state is reluctant to push it because that would reveal the administration’s own shortcomings.  (Supporting Report)

Do we need to bring up the fact that your company was highlighted when Maine’s CIO made the front page of CIO magazine and said in an interview “Hiring a vendor, CNSI, that had no experience in developing Medicaid claims systems was the first mistake” and goes to give a “scathing and detailed autopsy of the disastrous Medicaid Claims System project run by CNSI”, Allan Holmes (Supporting Report).  Maine’s OIG even blamed CNSI (OIG Report).

Contrary to this blogger’s statements, CNSI has not solicited Illinois, much less for $100 million”.

CNSI  has held private meetings with state executives whom you gave alcohol, free tickets to a ball game or a boat trip to over 100 attendees and what we were alluding to is the “private boat trip” with just those you are trying to solicit business.  

We have obtained the call logs between your staff and state officials, the in person meetings without the presence of Michigan whom has the relationship with you and the offers by state officials for you to use the state plane to cart your staff around.  The sales materials used during your meetings with Illinois and the emails offering new products and the budget requests to federal CMS with money to be allocated to CNSI.

In Illinois’s case, that business would be worth well over $100 Million!  Compound that with the “fact” CNSI requested non-disclosure agreements from the Illinois HFS executive staff, one must ask, if you’re not soliciting business why do you need non-disclosure agreements? The following document shows how you, Illinois executives, Michigan executives were planning a presentation to sell Federal CMS on the idea.   (Supporting Document)

 Has not solicited Illinois?

“With regards to the event in Boston, while each state has its own government ethics guidelines, there is no prohibition against hosting an event like the one CNSI hosted in Boston. Large and small companies host vendor events across the country and in all market segments. Just as we hosted an event for conference attendees in Boston, so did our competitors. Our guests were served dinner and beverages during a 3 hour event. Suggestions of excessive drinking are completely incorrect. Contrary to this blogger’s statements, the tax-payers of Illinois did not pay for this event”.

We have statements from state employees about the excessive alcohol and the private boat trip for those you were soliciting after the 3 hour event hosted for everyone else.  There are many pictures of these events… Have to love Facebook and screen capture!

For a person who insinuates we need to check our facts, maybe you should click on the link to the FOIA request, which was included in my first article, that outlines Illinois executives were not truthful and stated that they did not know who paid for the boat trip.  Regardless, we appreciate CNSI confirming who did pay for the event!  What we assume you meant to say is that you did not pay for the conference, but you did pay for the boat trip.

“Contrary to this blogger’s statements, there is no evidence that the states of Michigan and Illinois circumvented procurement laws in entering an Intergovernmental Agreement which was approved by the state and the federal authorities. In fact, intergovernmental shared services agreements are a CMS approved arrangement that other states such as Arizona/Hawaii and West Virginia/Virgin Islands have entered into, with the resulting cost savings lauded by state governors and CMS”.

However Ms. Harris,  our legal team has determined that the Intergovernmental Agreement must have a lead agency and outline the governing state laws that will be followed.  Don’t you find it odd that this so called “approved” IGA doesn’t spell out who the lead agency is?

The intergovernmental agreement between Michigan and Illinois was for planning.  Isn’t it true you have already started implementing the solutions and have incurred a great deal of expenses yourself and we assume will be billing Michigan for the work?  We object to Illinois paying for implementation work when there is not an agreement or approved budget request.  Is Michigan going to bid the services as it is required by the laws that govern the IGA.

The real shame in this is Illinois won’t be able to put its people back to work permanently because of outsourcing over 55 ASSCME union jobs to India & H1B Visa workers (Supporting Link).  By our research your company only works in government contracting and of the 1000+ employees 960 of them are on a H1B visa.  You are effectively outsourcing government jobs to India and paying them lower salaries than US workers and then billing the government almost three times the rate they pay for US workers.

 Again, all of this information is or should be available publicly”.

We agree and could write a book on this!  The information “should” be available publicly however it has taken a massive amount of time and effort to force the disclosure of public records from Illinois and Michigan state agencies.  Many times a FOIA was improperly denied to which it took extensive legal posturing to finally get the records released.

Records that reflect a fair amount of private e-mails between CNSI and executive staff of HFS.  We find that interesting for a company claiming they have not solicited Illinois when many emails, phone calls and text messages were transmitted prior to IL agreeing to engage with Michigan.   

 CNSI is committed to bring all the facts surrounding our contract termination in Louisiana to light despite the State’s aggressive effort to let innuendo win out over truth. These efforts include the state’s failure to comply with public records requests, the state’s filing of multiple motions to delay the lawsuit and CNSI’s day in court, and the state’s fight against our efforts (and the media’s) to publicly disclose key documents at every turn”.

In most states; documents involved in any type of criminal investigation are rarely released prior to the conclusion of the investigation.  

Opinion and innuendo are not facts. We appreciate this opportunity to clarify the facts for your readers and encourage you to embrace the time honored journalistic traditions of research and fact checking in your future pieces. CNSI will continue to keep the public abreast of the facts in other outlets”.

We welcome any documents you have to counter our exposure of events.  We pride ourselves on journalistic traditions of research and fact checking and like we said in our first article, we have over a Thousand documents that clearly support each and every word we have typed!   If you have documents to support countering anything we have written we welcome them and will publish them!  In fact, please take this as a challenge to provide them!  We love facts!  If we are wrong we will stand up and correct our press!

We will be releasing this information slowly to the public so they can digest so we invite you to subscribe to our site.   

For the public – you may view this as a slanted dig against one vendor.  This is NOT! It’s a direct response to the vendor’s comments found in our first story covering Illinois HFS executives and their involvement with vendors.  CNSI just happen to be the one we ended up with the most information on.  We have more information from other vendors coming soon.  

Edgar County Watchdogs will continue to keep the public abreast of the facts both locally and in other outlets!  We will be releasing more information and we welcome your response so we can set the record straight for the public.




Leadership Defined! – Video Iroquois Co…

IROQUOIS CO. (ECWd) –

Just over 3 months of investigative work has lead to some of the most amazing illegal activities in Iroquois County.  If you’re just joining us, you can find quite the laundry list of reading material on the subject at this link.  Iroquois County

What has been most amazing to me during this brief time frame is how the power of 1 person not only can make a difference but IS making a difference!

How many times have we heard that your just one person, you can’t fix it or make a difference?  I’m here to tell you that is not only a cop out but the furthest thing from the truth.

One local activist, Barbara Offill,  was involved in her community in Iroquois County and people knew she could get people in contact with those who could help make a difference.  That one person, by being involved with her local government reform, was one of the key players that lead to our getting involved in this county.  From that one came two more, and now we are clearly seeing people standing up for their rights and freedom and leading instead of following.

As many of you know, when we get involved we dig for the documents and uncover the truth to the public by not only naming names but publishing the documents to support what we are saying.  We have become an outlet, a voice for the people.  We gather and disseminate information.   That information comes from, more often than not, a single source early on.  Many times from within the public body itself as well as your neighbor down the block.  People are getting involved and we promise to continue being there for them in every way we possibly can. 

We know the power of 1 person! 

One only look at all the corruption we have exposed with just a single public body in this county to see that there is a lot more work to do.  Doug Corbett is clearly on his way out as no person with half a brain could allow this to continue. With still more illegal acts to be exposed we are confident Mr. Corbett’s days are numbered.

We are also confident that in the days to come you will see more and more people standing up to this thug and demanding justice and accountability.

Accountability to the law, not to a political party or ideology.  What we are doing is not about Republican or Democrat, Left or Right, Progressive or Conservative.  It’s about right and wrong.  It’s about Truth.

The more people understand the trouble times we are facing and realize that they in fact can make a difference the more they will get involved.   The rule of law is pretty simple to follow but it appears without leaders we get what we have.

The one woman who was there for her county made a difference!  The County Chairman willing to demand accountability and not lie down on the job is making a difference!  I assure you, soon, you will see even more men and woman standing up for what is right and taking the right steps to fix what is broken.   It’s similar to that first woman who had the courage to stand up and say she was abused by a particular adult when she was younger.  That courage, many, many times, gives way for dozens of others to step up and report the same has happen to them by the same person.  I am confident that is what will happen in Iroquois County!  I see it happening just by the tips we get!

As you will see in the video, one particular person, Mr. Hasbargen, provides a perfect example of why the system is broke.  The fact that his wife works for the Health Department, according to Open the Books,  just “might” be a factor in his totally baseless attacks against the County Chairman.

What this man fails to realize, no matter how mad he gets, no matter how childish he acts, facts don’t lie and his presentation had nothing but his opinion with no foundation of truth.  It’s actually sad to see.

The truth has no agenda and I challenged him and everyone else to prove our reporting wrong.  Sooner or later people like this will realize we are nothing but an outlet for the good people in our communities and its the facts they need to disprove.




Half a Million Views!

EDGAR CO. (ECWd) –

Just a note to say “Thank You” to all of our readers!

We passed the 500,000 page views milestone late-night on March 31, 2013.

On July 31, 2012, during our 1 year anniversary article, we were sitting at an average of 17,700 views per month and 197,000 views total.

In the past 8 months, our readership has more than doubled what it was last July:

Average per month since July 2012: 37,875

All-time: Over 500,000

That might not be alot of views for some websites, but for ours it is a milestone.

Thanks again,

The Edgar County Watchdog Team

 




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It’s in Your Hands!

At a time when the entire Middle East is on fire it’s becoming evident that the words from the Muslim Brotherhood that praised Jihad against America and Israel, We The People had better wake the hell up and listen to what our Own President told the World in his Speech to the United Nations and tie those words to documented events in the last few years and days!

The Future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.  But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated or Churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. ” – Barack Obama

Read and comprehend people!  Take each portion of his speech and apply truth in questioning as the Truth has no agenda!

To say the FUTURE MUST NOT BELONG to those who slander the Prophet of Islam is a statement by itself that should scare the hell out  of you.  The leader of our country is telling you who the future belongs to based on speech, which by the way is protected in our First Amendment!  We are the greatest nation in the world and have done more for the world than any other country and our President implies that the Future belongs only to those that don’t slander the Prophet of Islam? 

And the second part of that portion of his speech outlines in order to be credible, those who condemn the slander of the Prophet of Islam must also condemn the hate we see in Images of Jesus Christ that are Desecrated or Churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied.

Pretty interesting claim considering this President has stayed silent on ALL those matters relating to slander of Jesus Christ, the Churches being destroyed, and the denial of the Holocaust. 

Right now Christians are being crucified in the front of the Egyptian Presidential Palace.  Coptic Christians are being killed right now in Egypt, Churches have been burned to the ground and Christians are fleeing Egypt.  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to this day denies the Holocaust ever happen and our President, Barack Obama is SILENT. 

He should be condemning it! 

This President has stayed silent on the “Piss Christ” that is now coming back on display in New York.  Even worse is the fact that this slanderous image was funded with your tax dollars through the National Endowment for the arts and was given an award from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts, Awards in the Visual Arts”, and this President stays silent!

Silence from our president on this, using his own words, tells me he has no credibility as only those who also condemn the hate we see in hate images of Jesus Christ have any credibility.

“Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views — even views that we profoundly disagree with. We do so not because we support hateful speech, but because our founders understood that without such protections, the capacity of each individual to express their own views and practice their own faith may be threatened.”

“We do so because in a diverse society, efforts to restrict speech can quickly become a tool to silence critics and oppress minorities. We do so because, given the power of faith in our lives, and the passion that religious differences can inflame, the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression, it is more speech — the voices of tolerance that rally against bigotry and blasphemy, and lift up the values of understanding and mutual respect.” GB

My passion on this matter stems from lengthy research pertaining to matters directly tied to saving our country from those who wish to destroy us.  Please know this information is not my opinion but are facts so well documented and proven I can only say again, wake the hell up people as we are under attack and very few even realize it. 

I challenge each and every one of you to read the PROJECT documents that were seized in 2001 from a Terrorist in Switzerland and used in the Holy Land  Foundation criminal case along with the memo for Infiltration. When done reading those documents then watch the trailer prepared for the Documentary, “The Project” that aired on the Blaze TV this week which can be found on Dish Network at channel 212.  To find more information on The Project or view online you can do so from this link. http://www.theblaze.com/theproject/

The Project – Arabic and English

Memo For Infiltration 

Our President has REFUSED to release upwards of 80 boxes of files pertaining to the trial that convicted the Holy Land Foundation, as has our Attorney General Holder, even though the Terrorists were given access to those very documents.  WHY?

Steps in the UN are now being pushed to outlaw any negative speech against the Prophet, thus suppressing free speech.  The Transportation Authority in NY just voted 8-0 to ban Adds critical of Islam! 

Our President, who took an oath to uphold our Constitution, which includes Free Speech, demanded that all criticism of religion STOP at the United Nations.  After the assassination of 4 of our citizens in Lybia it was Mitt Romney that spoke out about the protection of our Constitution and our Freedom of Speech all while our President blamed the events on a video, a form of free speech.  Now we know about the cover up and must ask why is our President so quick to protect Radical Islam instead of defending our countrymen abroad and our Constitution?

“The response from our government officials should be to condemn the intolerance of those who would turn to violence and other criminal behavior in response to free speech, but instead the response to these most recent examples of Muslim violence in the middle east, and the vandalism in New York, has been to try and silence the speakers.

President Obama demanded that all criticism of religion stop at the UN.  In New York, the MTA wants to censor controversial ads. (they now have!)

The lesson for the enemies of free speech is that if they react to speech they want silenced with violence and rioting America’s leaders, instead of defending the speech, will look to silence it.

That’s a dangerous trend. Sadly, it’s one we’ve been on for some time. Laws outlawing “hate speech” and “bullying” have been written so broadly that, in some instances, merely saying something that makes somebody else wrong makes the speaker a criminal.

The freedom of speech wasn’t created to protect speech about the weather. The test of a society’s dedication to free speech lays in whether or not that society will protect the most controversial sorts of speech. And, increasingly, it seems America is unwilling to do that.”  http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/new-york-city-bans-subway-ads-critical-of-islam/

We are at the cusp of the most important election in our history and although our state typically goes the way of the Democrat party, PLEASE know that the events presented in this article have NOTHING to do with politics as they cross party lines for at least the last 5 Presidents and those facts are outlined in the Project documentary. 

This is a matter of Freedom as we know it and we must get involved.  I urge everyone to support in any way you can the firing of Barack Obama.  We cannot afford another 4 years of a President that doesn’t support our right to Free Speech!  

First and foremost, Pray for our Country!  Pray for Wisdom so that the choice you make in November is the right choice based on facts not emotion and party loyalty.  Most would agree we are at a point in our history where telling the difference between one party over another is next to impossible.  Its time We The People stand up and be heard.  We MUST remove any elected official that doesn’t stand up and protect our Constitution, all other matters aside!

 Our Constitution Must be Protected!




Dee Burgin – Justice Update!

As so many of us know, this county has had more than its fair share of illegal activity and corruption and from all indications it appears to be a breeding ground for it.

The recent settlement the County made with Dee Burgin and Terry Roger’s convictions should be enough to make every one of you ask the question, what is happening in this county?

Why should our tax dollars, which are used to pay for the county insurance, be used to pay the punitive damages for two rogue cops that clearly violated a persons civil rights?  Most would agree we should not!  Burgin-Rogers Settlement

Please note, contrary to what “rumors” are being spread by these former deputies, they are still guilty of violating a persons civil rights.  The CASE was not dismissed nor was the conviction vacated!  The settlement of the financial obligations is what lead to the Dismissal of Appeal.

We The People get to pick up the tab for the actions of these rogue cops.   Wake up people because this is not the first and wont be the last time we pay for the corruption and disregard for the law in this county. 

More disturbing are key elements of this particular case and actions of our legal authorities in this county that all have taken an oath to uphold the law.  Records reflect they ignored the law and may have even intentionally ignored it!

If you didn’t pay close attention to the details, you know, nitpick, you might have missed some VERY disturbing elements of the chain of events.

What happens to a society that can’t trust its government?  How about when you can’t even trust the legal system that is supposed to be blind and protect our rights? 

I believe one of two things happens at that point.  The first thing I pray happens is the patriotic outcry of our citizens forces change by throwing people out of office at the next election and everyone there after until the problem is fixed. 

The second possibility is what scares me the most.  People ignore and/or justify the actions of these people and more innocent people are wrongfully threatened, set up, and locked away and the rule of law is gone for another generation or beyond.

Dont think that’s possible? 

Here me out!

How would you like to be pulled over and arrested because the deputies “claim” there was an arrest warrant out for you, ……………….. When There Wasn’t!

How would you like to not only be arrested under the guise of a non-existent arrest warrant, but also stripped searched without any reasonable suspicion? 

That’s EXACTLY what happen with Dee Burgin, Terry Rogers and our legal system in this county.

The day of hell began for a young girl over a minor charge of failure to appear in “traffic” court on August 20th, 2008.  Remember that date!  Proof that it all began on that day can be found in the Bond Paperwork below the arrest warrant that  clearly documents she was Bonded out of Jail on August 20th, 2008.  Numerous other documents support this as well but for the sake of keeping it simple, she was arrested with a claim there was an arrest warrant for her arrest on August 20th, 2008. 

In defense of the deputies “arrest” actions, records reflect they were informed by Allen Bell that an arrest warrant was in hand so they did have the green light to arrest her as far as they knew.  That is where my defense of those two rogue cops stops! 

Not only did those deputies violate her civil rights in the strip search but they ALSO violated her civil rights by arresting her without a warrant but were given qualified immunity on that charge because they were acting on the word of Allen Bell, which clearly is in question! 

In case you missed it, the judge instructed the jury on page 29 of 62 of this document:  Jury Instructions

Those instructions included a very disturbing comment that until recently I didn’t put the puzzle together. 

“Allen Bell was mentioned at trial but did not testify. You may, but are not required to, assume that Allen Bell’s testimony  would have been unfavorable to Defendant.”

Disturbing because one of our former judicial public officials informed law enforcement officers that a valid warrant for the arrest of Angelina D. Cianfaglione was in existence, WHEN IT WAS NOT!  

The arrest warrant was not signed until the DAY AFTER the arrest!  Arrest warrant and Bond Paperwork

Did anyone notice the other signature on that document, the Peace Officers Return portion that is signed by Robert Wilson?  Compare that to the Bond release document below it that he signed and ask yourself a few questions.

  • If you signed Bond paperwork releasing the person from jail on the 20th of August, WHY would you sign that she was arrested the day after you released her?
  • Why did he FAIL to enter the time of the arrest on the document but instead placed X on those sections?

Look close people to the DATE above the Judges signature.  Can ANY ONE honestly say the date was not modified?  It was reported that SPOILATION OF EVIDENCE was argued in this case because of this date change and it was ignored as simply the fixing of an error.  What about the failure to place a time on the arrest document?  That is required to be filled out and it was ignored!

The original law suit against the county included false arrest but immunity was provided to the officers because of Mr. Bell’s affidavit, which basically let the officers off the hook but the bigger question is why didn’t our legal system put their foot down and hold an officer of the court accountable for misrepresenting the truth. 

The only thing done was to instruct the jury they could assume the Officer of the Court’s testimony would have been unfavorable to the Defendant.  No Kidding!  Misrepresent the truth and it SHOULD be unfavorable to the Defendant but more importantly the person doing so should be held accountable as well.   Our justice system is supposed to be the last stand for protecting our rights and its clear it is not.  

It’s no secret in our society that the brotherhood of law enforcement in most cases goes to great lengths to protect and even cover up wrong doing of their brother officers wrongdoing however there is a bigger problem.  Does anyone see a problem when Judges provide what appears to be “cover” for prosecutors from being held accountable for ignoring and/or clear misrepresentation of the truth that leads to an innocent person being arrested?  Who are the judges?  Past prosecutors!

I believe any judge that allows these types of actions to go un-answered is more support for a long-lived belief I have that each and EVERY election possible we must vote NO on the retention of our judges, no matter what! 

Voting NO on the retention of our judges brings the power back to the people!  We The People have to hold them accountable and when the system is fixed to make their positions virtually permanent  with little recourse for accountability you see what happens! 

Vote NO on Retention of ALL Judges!

 

 




Paris Beacon News Repairs

PARIS, IL. (ECWd) –

While driving though town today I noticed a crew working on the exterior of the Paris Beacon News building. It appears as though the green Vitrolite has been separating from the building due to its age and the extreme weather the past couple of years. According to their website, the tiles were coming loose and needed removed.

The material is mint green Vitrolite, a structural glass, and is no longer manufactured in the United States. If you are interested in a little history behind this glass, Carol J. Dyson, an architect with Preservation Services, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency –  and Floyd Mansberger, Director of Fever River Research, completed a five page study available here.

Pictures of the Vitrolite removal below:




County Board Violates Own Policy Manual!

Our Pledge of Allegiance at every County Board meeting means nothing if we don’t understand what it means and blatantly ignore the very pledge they recite every month.

In the Pledge of Allegiance we all pledge allegiance to our Republic, not to a democracy. “Republic” is the proper description of our government, not “democracy” and you may be surprised to find that the word Democracy doesn’t appear ANYWHERE in our US Constitution!  In a republic, sovereignty is in each individual person while a democracy the sovereignty is in the group. 

 A very basic explanation on video can be found at this link:

 Understand Your Government!

So what does this have to do with a County Board that Violates its own county policy manual?  

Rule of Law – The Principal that NO ONE is above the law

  •  The County Board and other County Officials are ELECTED by law! 
  •   County Board adopts a County Personnel Policy, which outlines the fringe benefit of Health, Dental, Vision insurance for its employees.
  • That very Policy adopted by the County board CLEARLY states all County Employees are covered by the Fringe Benefits…………………

 EXCEPT………………

ELECTED OFFICIALS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS!

From Page 9 of the Policy Manual: “…except for employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, all employees of EDGAR COUNTY are employed at will. That is, either the Employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time.  The fringe benefits referred to in this handbook apply to regular full-time employees. All employees of Edgar County are covered by these policies except Elected Officials and Department Heads!”

There are other exceptions but none which would permit the Elected Officials to receive Health Care benefits, or any other fringe benefit as outlined in the Policy Manual!

 Every County Board Member receives Health Care Insurance, in direct violation of their very own County Personnel Policy!

 Upon discovering this information I sent the following e-mail to the States Attorney, Mark Isaf, Chief Law Enforcement Officer in our County Government.

“Mr. Isaf, I raised an issue with the County Board this morning pertaining to the County Policy Manual and its specific guidelines pertaining to fringe benefits. 

The Introduction page of that manual clearly spells out the following:

The fringe benefits referred to in this handbook apply to regular full-time employees. All employees of Edgar County are covered by these policies except:

  • Elected Officials and Department Heads
  • Employees hired on a contractual basis, unless an individual contract provides otherwise.
  • Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement
  • Personnel appointed to serve without compensation.

Elected Officials and Department Heads are defined in the manual as:

A. Office Heads: shall be defined as the elected county positions of County Clerk, County Treasurer, Circuit Clerk and State’s Attorney as well as the appointed      positions of Probation Officer and Supervisor of Assessments.  

B. Department: shall have the same meaning as “office” which shall include the Offices of County Clerk, County Treasurer, Circuit Clerk, State’s Attorney, Probation Officer and Supervisor of Assessments

Chapter 6 clearly spells out the benefits and services as Health, Dental, and Vision insurance.  The County Board confirmed they do in fact receive these benefit, as do Department Heads.

Upon notification that the board is clearly violating the County Policy Manual by providing these benefits to Elected Officials and Department Heads I was informed that those benefits cannot be changed for 10 years as they have been set by law 180 days prior to the election. 

As you know, there is no 10 year guideline for setting salaries.  Couple that with the fact providing something in direct violation of the rules established doesn’t imply you can’t correct it as fringe benefits are not salary and does not fall under the Salaries and Fees referenced in our Illinois Constitution, which is the law of the land.

 The Illinois Constitution clearly states:

 Article VII – SECTION 9. SALARIES AND FEES
    (a)  Compensation of officers and employees and the office expenses of units of local government shall not be paid from fees collected. Fees may be collected as provided by law and by ordinance and shall be deposited upon receipt with the treasurer of the unit. Fees shall not be based upon funds disbursed or collected, nor upon the levy or extension of taxes.
    (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.

My purpose for raising this issue is twofold.  Actions in violation of the county policy by ALL our elected officials must be addressed and corrected first and foremost but also the financial savings to the county for health insurance to a wide number of people would offset and more than likely cover the entire expense for the county to hire a County Administrator, which I think you would agree we are in desperate need of.  Mr. Keller did agree and even stated he has wanted a County Administrator for years.    

I am asking that you take appropriate action to correct this matter as it appears from the comments today County Board has no intention of addressing it.    

I would appreciate confirmation that this matter is being addressed and corrected.”         

______________________________ 

If we are ever going to fix things in this county we must look at the problems and determine whether or not we are going to operate like a democracy or a REPUBLIC!  A Republic is based on the Rule of Law, which our elected officials ALL took an oath to uphold! 

If our own elected officials are allowed to turn up their nose at the very rules they expect everyone else to follow where does that leave us as a society? 

If a persons OATH is to have any meaning and value at all we MUST demand accountability.  The concept of Do As I Say, Not As I Do must stop! 

I pray that Mr. Isaf takes the position to advise the elected officials that they are in fact violating the county policy and put a stop to the spending of our money on items currently forbidden by County Policy, however, I suspect the following will happen:

  1. Ignore the exposed self-serving action of our Elected Officials
  2. Change the County Policy to permit themselves to receive Health Insurance

People of Edgar County, Place your bets! 

 




Of The People, By The People, For The People!

I only dream of being able to pen a report with such meaningful statements as that of DANIEL J. O’HERN, SR.,Retired Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey and PROFESSOR PAULA A. FRANZESE, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law.  They provided an ETHICS REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF NEW JERSEY GOVERNMENT.  Full Report

There are so many direct correlations in that report that we are seeing in our investigations in this county I felt it important to share the information.  I have taken the liberty of posting their Conclusion in an effort to drive the message home but by all means PLEASE read their whole report!  In the Conclusion posted below I replaced the state name of New Jersey with that of Edgar County as I think most would agree, the shoe fits. 

A fundamental principle of democracy is that a representative government must hold the public’s trust. All government exists by the consent of the governed. Scandals undermine the public’s trust in the integrity of government and threaten the fundamental premise of democracy. 

Today in Edgar County New Jersey, trust has been broken and, as a result, the actions of political leaders now face more skeptical investigation than ever before. How do we restore trust?

Unethical or improper behavior on the part of County State officials or employees is the exception and not the rule; nevertheless, from time to time, we are reminded that our laws and regulations may not be adequate to the times and circumstances.  The best answer to potential ethical problems in government is honest people in a proper and ethical environment. Still, formal regulation is required.

As part of a comprehensive approach, clear rules regarding performance and punishment have an important role to play. They can express the core values of an organization and set governing standards. But expression of core values and standards is not enough. Building values within an organization requires leadership.

During our review, we often asked, “What is the cornerstone of good government?” Hard-working citizens of our State, like Herbert Bashir of Irvington, said, “We need a return to concern for the public trust.”

Don Wisnowski, a former serviceman and resident of Little Falls, said, “At every level of government, many leaders have lost sight of the reason why they’re there and of the values that this country was founded on. I’m heartsick about this, because I love our State.”

Bob Loughrey, proprietor of Uncle Bob’s Ice Cream Shop in Cedar Grove, said, “Ethics in government means that our leaders should be doing the right thing for the people, not for themselves. We want them to do the right thing, not necessarily the popular thing.”

Trust is the cornerstone of good government. By restoring public trust, we can, in the words of Governor Codey, “show government as a force for compassion and a beacon of hope.”  The time is now.

Personally, I believe that REAL beacon of hope is We The People, not the Government!

What was their FIRST recommendation?

1. CREATE AN ENTIRELY NEW, INDEPENDENT AND PROACTIVE ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, CALLED THE “STATE ETHICS COMMISSION”

A. “Make The State Ethics Commission An Independent Watchdog.”

From what I have found in hundreds of hours of research is the answers to our problems in our local government are already out there.  We don’t need to create some new fix to an old problem.  We just need to know our history and implement the very solutions to the problems that others experienced before us.  It takes BOLD leadership and if there is one thing I believe in my heart, that is exactly what is lacking in this county. 

Many believe our intentions are to do nothing but tear down this County through our exposing of its engrained corruption but nothing is further from the truth.  I just know you can’t fix anything unless you have all the facts.  Once you have them you need to share them so that people become educated on the truth, as the Truth Has No Agenda!

Honestly informed people make better decisions in their life.  People MUST be informed!  As we work to fix things we MUST ensure the people we put in office are going to lead For the People, not for themselves, while at the same time hold those accountable for the misconduct that has infected so many parts of our County Leadership.   

We can change the direction of this county but it takes involvement:

Of The People, By The People, For The People! 

Step up and help save the positive sides of what this County used to be and still can be! 

God Bless this Great Country!

 




CERWD Aug 2012 Meeting Video

After attending the August meeting of the Clark Edgar Rural Water district we can reaffirm the need to have elected officials instead of blind appointments from County Boards.

It’s evident from the numerous misleading, false, and possibly outright lies provided in response to questions from the public. It’s time for accountability.

As time permits, we will break down numerous portions of this meeting and give detailed information to include both statutes and their own documents exposing numerous illegal acts including the giving away of public property on a regular basis. 

Items from clear conflicts of interest by the Board Chairman, to giving the contractors families and their descendents free water, all while agreeing to NOT RECORD the supplement easement agreement in the County Recorder’s Office!   

Public Session begins at the 5:20 mark.




Rule of Law -What does it mean?

 UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHALL HAVE ONLY POWERS GRANTED BY LAW!

Source:  Illinois Constitution.  (When is the last time anyone read it?) http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con7.htm

Article VII  SECTION 8. POWERS AND OFFICERS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT OTHER THAN COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES

Townships, school districts, special districts and units, designated by law as units of local government, which exercise limited governmental powers or powers in respect to limited governmental subjects shall have only powers granted by law.

County government, Section 4(d) specifically spells out pretty much the same thing!  

County officers shall have those duties, powers and
functions provided by law and those provided by county
ordinance.

Municipalities are covered in Section 7, which states in part:

Counties and municipalities which are not home rule units
shall have only powers granted to them by law and the powers
(1) to make local improvements by special assessment and to
exercise this power jointly with other counties and
municipalities, and other classes of units of local
government having that power on the effective date of this
Constitution unless that power is subsequently denied by law
to any such other units of local government;

So whats the point of all this?  I firmly believe that if we can’t fix our out of control local government we can never fix things at a state or national level. 

One step at a time is the approach I have taken and history supports that Edgar County is out of control, but what does that mean?

  • For months I have proven over and over illegal spending was taking place by our 911 Board.  “Most” of that has stopped because of the exposure but they still are breaking the law and our elected officials refuse to put a stop to it or hold them accountable for the illegal acts that took place.
  • Health Department Employee charged with stealing, and for what ever reason they are holding her accountable, but not the 911 Director and its Board Members?
  • County Board stealing funds from other accounts and putting it in the General Fund to cover their expenses, all while KNOWING it is illegal for them to do that.  How do we know they KNOW its illegal?  Because the County Board Chairman confirmed it on video, yet they continue to do it and the States Attorney has done NOTHING to stop it.
  • Past Sheriff selling guns illegally and to date NOTHING being done about it!
  • County Property being leased for private purpose and to date they have yet to follow the law and send a tax bill to the people using the property for their own gain, which is what the law states MUST take place.
  • Mass Transit District Employees stealing and finally are going to be held Accountable to the law……………..by OUTSIDE Agencies! 
  • School District Board Members and Employees think they are entitled to a “GOOD MEAL” every now and then?  NO WHERE in the law is the power given to them to feed their face on our dime!  NO WHERE, yet it continues to take place.  Is it any wonder are taxes keep going up?
  • Motor Fuel Tax money being used to pave PRIVATE driveways!  Ever wonder why Illinois has some of the highest taxes on fuel?

These are just a few examples of the many illegal acts we have reported on. We will be bringing you more information and updates of such gross violations of the law your going to re-read the story several times just to grasp the magnitude!

How do these things happen and fester into the normal way of doing things? 

By good people doing nothing!

I know, we are all busy and have to work to survive however the vicious circle that has been created is clearly designed to do just that, keep you so busy making a survival that you don’t have the time or energy to get involved and hold your elected officials accountable. 

When your elected officials don’t read the law they fall prey to a select few savvy business people who literally dictate to them as to what they should be doing and at the same time those very public officials think the world of the people doing it because they don’t have to think or learn their job.  They sit back and feel good something’s getting done and they take the credit, all while it’s costing you and I dearly!  

We are going to expose the ignorance of many more public officials as it’s clearly out of control.  Hundreds of Thousands and in some case’s MILLIONS of dollars being fleeced from our LOCAL government bodies that leads to nothing but a decay in our way of life and the rule of law. 

An illegal act is still illegal regardless how many people claim otherwise.  We have dozens of cases where elected officials do things without any authority by law yet just because they pass a motion at a table they think its legal.  The law doesn’t work that way!  

For those that think my efforts are to simply dig up dirt on specific people or to fulfill some political goal you’re wrong.  I have other things to do with my life, however nothing more important than ensuring our Constitution is followed! 

I would like to share a brief story because my efforts have NOTHING to do with the ‘specific” people breaking the law as some of the many things I have uncovered involved people I thought were honest people and in some cases were friends. 

Over 6 years ago we had major illegal acts taking place by some of our Fire Trustees for the Kansas Fire Protection District.  When I tried to fix those things I discovered that the law was clear those trustees were to be appointed by our Township, NOT the county Board.  More digging PROVED an illegal annexation of a piece of property done many years ago that caused our Fire District to be in two townships, which shifts the appointments of the trustees from the Township Board to the County Board. 

We all know the County Board BLINDLY appoints people to boards and to this day that continues.  What I discovered and PROVED, was the annexation was in fact illegal and done outside the powers of the law.

It went through the courts and a judge authorized the annexation so surely it was legal? So how does it happen?  No one is reading the law, including the judge that allowed it to happen.  The lawyer for the district brings the annexation paperwork to the courts and if no one objects then presto, annexation complete, even though the law didnt permit that action to take place!

I objected years after the fact and PROVED it was wrong and we took legal action to fix it!  Had it not been for our past Township Supervisor being willing to stand up and fight the good fight I don’t know if it would have gotten fixed when it did.  

That was the FIRST step I took over 6 years ago to try to fix part of MY local government. That 6 month effort exposed to me that the vast majority of our local government is being ran by the seat of the pants with no plans, no vision, and total disregard for the law. 

Case and point, the Clark Edgar Rural Water District:

  •  is $24.4 MILLION Dollars in debt
  • No 1, 5, or 10 year plan for the organization
  • Not a single board member has read the statute they are bound to.
  • They don’t count interest in their debt, even though they are paying damn near $500,000.00 a year in interest.
  • They think its OK to say they can’t guarantee their minutes are 100% accurate! (Isnt that the purpose of “approving” the minutes, to ensure they are accurate?)
  • Fabricate an answer to justify an illegal $2.75 Million Dollar line of credit.  (which by the way the Chairman of the Board is a Stock Holder in the very bank the public body is paying interest to on that line of credit.  Any idea where Shareholder Dividends paid to stockholders come from in a bank?  Profits, that are derived from Interest Payments, that are paid by the Chairman of the board, yet they don’t count Interest?  Doesn’t he realize that the dividend checks he gets from that bank are coming from some of the very payments he is in charge of dispatching? ) 
  • Give away public property every month and see nothing wrong with it!  (that’s one of those stories your going to have to read a couple of times to believe!)

Get involved, demand answers of your local officials and when they refuse, take the steps necessary to remove them from their position. 

We The People must demand accountability. 

Stop them from fleecing our money on things not allowed by law!

Take Back Your County, Take Back your State,

Then Take Back Your Country!

 

 

 

 

 




Convicted by a jury from now to eternity!

EDGAR CO. –

As the word of a settlement being reached with Dee Burgin, Terry Rogers, and the county insurance company swirls over their Civil Rights conviction, it’s pretty clear certain people have no clue what a settlement really means.

The judgment entered in the federal court on the facts at trial is what it is.  The law has not changed because of a settlement.  Judge McCuskey’s Judgment Order has not been reversed or overturned. Their case is un-appealable now that a settlement has been reached. 

They stand convicted by a jury for violating a persons Civil Rights from now to eternity!

Burgin and Rogers filed an appeal which would have tied up the plaintiffs award for at least a year.  A cross-appeal was filed, however, the plaintiff did not want to wait a year or more for her money.

A petition was filed for attorneys fees for all of the work on the case, which resulted in the jury verdict in plaintiffs’ favor.  42 U.S. Code Section 1988 allows a prevailing plaintiff to recover her attorney fees in a civil rights case.  The attorney fees, of course, are always paid by the insurance company.  

On August 14th, a mandatory settlement conference with a staff attorney at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals took place. All of the discussions during that conference are strictly confidential.  

If Dee Burgin is discussing the settlement conference, he is in violation of the confidentiality requirement. 

The discussions apparently related to a settlement for a lump sum of money.  This assumption on our part is based on the fact the County’s insurance company cut a check for $162,738.00 to Angelina Cianfaglione and Redwood Law Office.  

Both appeals will be dismissed and the matter will now remain settled. The settlement release is a standard format.  We understand that the plaintiff and/or their attorneys, Redwood Law Firm has refused to agree to a confidentiality clause, thus we will run another story exposing more details as we get them.  The settlement of the fees and damages has NOTHING to do with the convictions.

  They stand convicted by a jury from now to eternity

 

A point of interest for anyone who in the last 2 years who was searched or their car searched, revealing no drugs, based on Burgin’s dog, you might want to contact the Redwood Law Firm as I suspect they would love to speak to you!

 

 

 

 




Illinois Policy Institute Press Release .

EASTERN ILLINOIS –

8/28/2012

PRESS RELEASE
from the ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE

MEDIA CONTACT: Diana Rickert 

Diana@IllinoisPolicy.org or (312) 607-4977

 Eastern Illinois counties earn low marks in government transparency audit
21 out of 22 county governments in eastern Illinois receive failing grades in Institute audit, and many are not compliant with state open records laws

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2012) – With the click of a mouse, residents in northern Illinois’ Kane County can find out when is the next county board meeting or what tax rates they pay. But travel to the eastern counties in Illinois, and this information is hard to come by online.
 
Twenty-one out of 22 eastern Illinois county governments received failing grades in the latest round of the Illinois Policy Institute’s government transparency audits. Many of these low marks were due to not having information such as meeting notices, salary schedules and other vital community information readily available online. Champaign County received the only passing grade in the audit – a grade of 68.1 out of a possible 100 points.

The 21 counties who failed the transparency audit are: Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Lawrence, Livingston, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, Vermilion and Woodford. The counties of Jasper, Marion and Richland did not have official websites and therefore were not included in the audit.

The Institute’s audit also revealed that many county governments do not appear to be compliant with state transparency standards as set by the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act.

“With Illinois’ history of corruption, no one in this state should be resisting improving transparency efforts,” said Brian Costin, director of government reform at the Illinois Policy Institute. “Unfortunately, it’s not just the Institute’s suggestions that these counties are failing to live up to; many are failing to comply with basic state laws. Taxpayers should demand for more transparency from their elected officials.”
 
To fight corruption and encourage public participation in government, the Illinois Policy Institute grades governments on how much public information is available online. Dubbed “The Local Transparency Project,” grades are based on the availability of public meeting schedules, government employee salaries, tax rates and other vital community information. Since the project was launched by the Institute in February 2010, more than 180 government entities have been graded.

Eastern Illinois counties performed particularly poorly in the expenditures, employee salary and benefits, and contracts categories by scoring an average of .7 or less out of a possible ten points. And not a single county scored any points in the lobbying category. The grading rubric is available online here: http://www.illinoispolicy.org/content/?section=509
 
In addition to the Institute’s audit, websites also were checked for compliance with the state’s website posting requirements as part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA). The state requires all taxing bodies with a website to post basic information online, including purpose of agency, size, number of part-time and full-time employees, FOIA filing process, calendar of meetings, agendas and minutes. Only eight out of 22 counties were compliant with the state website posting requirements of both FOIA and OMA. Five counties were non-compliant with FOIA laws, three were non-compliant with OMA laws, and six were non-compliant with both FOIA and OMA.

Full list of scores earned by eastern Illinois counties.
 
Grading rubric

List of eastern Illinois county government compliance with state transparency laws.

http://illinoispolicy.org/news/article.asp?ArticleSource=5004
 
The Illinois Policy Institute is a nonpartisan research and education organization dedicated to making our state a beacon for liberty and prosperity for all citizens. As a leading voice for economic liberty and government accountability, the Institute engages policy makers, opinion leaders and citizens on the state and local level by promoting free market principles and liberty-based public policy initiatives for a better Illinois. To learn more about the Institute or review our policy work, please visit: www.illinoispolicy.org.
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Edgar County Watchdogs comments:
We had also reported the miserable failure of transparency in Edgar County’s website back in October of 2011.
 
 




Dishonorable Disclosures –

Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk.

The unwarranted and dangerous public disclosure of Special Forces Operations is so serious — that for the first time ever — former operators have agreed to risk their reputations and go ‘on the record’ in a special documentary titled “Dishonorable Disclosures.” Its goal is to educate America about serious breaches of security and prevent them from ever happening again.

Use of military ranks, titles & photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement of the Dept of the Army or the Department of Defense. All individuals are no longer in active service with any federal agency or military service.

The information above was taken directly from the OPSECTeam youtube page for this video.

If you do nothing else today, please take 22 minutes and watch the video. This effects all of us.




Nitpicking?? Thank You!

EDGAR CO –

Our recent Fox in the Hen House article lead to an accusation of Nitpicking and the more we thought about it, the more we realized the importance of a follow up story!  Thanks to Joe Citizen for their comments as once again we have been inspired to dig a little deeper, (Nitpick)!

“Nitpicking is the act of removing nits (the eggs of lice, generally head lice) from the host’s hair. As the nits are cemented to individual hairs, they cannot be removed with most lice combs and, before modern chemical methods were invented, the only options were to shave all the host’s hair or to pick them free one by one.

This is a slow and laborious process, as the root of each individual hair must be examined for infestation. It was largely abandoned as modern chemical methods became available; however, as lice populations can and do develop resistance, manual nitpicking is still often necessary.

As nitpicking inherently requires fastidious, meticulous attention to detail, the term has become appropriated to describe the practice of meticulously searching for minor, even trivial errors in detail (often referred to as “nits” as well), Nitpicking  

The Watchdogs have gone to great pain to ensure we are meticulous in our research and gathering of facts in order to be able to stand behind everything we print.  We are doing work similar to what a “good” auditor would do.  Cross referencing minutes with payments, invoices, and then the statutes for each organization we are reporting on so that we have the full understanding of what that particular public body is allowed to do with our money! 

In many cases, just like nits, the pattern of ignoring the law is cemented into many facets of our local government and we fully intend to expose that culture one public body at a time.  It would be nice if we could simply SHAVE all of it away but thats not possible considering the use of what appears to be super glue holding it together in this county. 

What happens when we allow our local government to remove free enterprise from our society or force a monopoly on the people?  We saw that done recently with the restriction of trash haulers in the city, which lead to the resignation of a board member over his disgust at that action!  Resignation Story

What would you call a government that basically forbids competitiveness in its community?  Communism?  Marxism? Socialism?  We could spend days on that question but the point is, when you take out the competitive process from a government that is principled around free enterprise you create more problems than you realize.    

We know from our FOIA request to the City of Paris there has never been a bid process for the hiring of Francis Associates.  One brief study of payments to that company and B&T Drainage reveals more questions than we have time for, but for the sake of nitpicking, ask yourself why the people of Paris should have to pay $72,013.50 to open and close water line valves in their city! Francis Associates Payment HistoryB&T Drainage Payments

Valve Exercising

Francis Associates:      Total:  $32,713.50

2009 –      $28, 721.50

B&T Drainage:            2009 –   $39,300.00

$68,021.50 just in the fall of 2009!

We know from our FOIA the work of opening and closing valves, what was billed as exercising valves, was done based on City Commissioner Faulk’s request.  I wonder where he got that idea from????  

The City also had Francis Associates do GIS (geographic information system) Mapping of the valves during the process as apparently no one knew where they were all at, which raises more concern as to who is watching the hen house (the city).  GIS Mapping payments reflect another $25,741.51 being paid to Francis Associates, with no bidding required and no contract!

With a team of City employees I wonder how long it would take them to open and close every valve in the city if that was included as part of their work detail?  Wouldn’t that save the city a substantial amount of money? 

Ok, I know the Mayor and his son are overworked as it is so we won’t burden them with piling on any other work.  Let’s instead simply put the job out for bids and see what kind of response we get?

Personally, I would open and close every valve in the city water system twice for half of what they paid Francis Associates and B&T Drainage, but I digress.  This is not about what I would or would not do.  It’s about what We The People are allowing to be done with our tax dollars.

Do you think it’s fair and just to pay out this kind of money to the same people over and over without competitive bids?  Is it wrong to strive to save the people’s money by at least bidding it out for others who might be able to do the same work for substantially less money?  Isn’t that what our elected officials are supposed to be doing?  Where is the stewardship of our money? 

You may relate to this simple process in your day to day life with things like cell phone companies and satellite TV.  Many will switch to another service because it’s cheaper.  We do it with insurance companies regularly.  Stick with one to long and before you know it you’re paying a fortune because they realize you’re not paying attention and your rates skyrocket.  We keep that in check by switching carriers.

How does the City of Paris keep this in check?    They can’t when they NEVER put it out for a proper bid.  It would appear for the most part they have abandoned the concept of Free Enterprise and ignore that it is capitalisms competitive nature that makes this country great and successful. 

The potential of this great country is being constricted with nepotism and cronyism at every level.  When that happens the decay begins, from the infrastructure to the social fiber of who we are as a people. 

I have interviewed hundreds of people and it’s shocking to see how many agree with everything we are doing but are afraid to stand up and fight for fear of losing their jobs.  I want those people to know we understand and we are not going away.  We will continue to investigate your overwhelming number of tips and be your voice as we are not going to be intimidated. 

Rest assured we are making a difference, slowly but surely!  God Bless all of you for your continued support!




Dee Burgin was “Let Go” today

EDGAR CO –

We have just received information that Dee Burgin is no longer a Deputy in the Edgar County Sheriff Department. This comes after the 30 day appeal period for the guilty verdict from the Civil Rights Lawsuit he and Terry Rogers lost expired. We do not know the reason for his release at this time, but we will provide a more detailed synopsis as soon as we can gather more information.

 

Wow, news travels fast, snippits from Disclosure in Richland County – read the whole article at this link:  http://www.disclosurenewsonline.com/2012/08/01/dee-burgin-out-as-edgar-county-deputy/

Dee Burgin…deputy no more. We told ya it would happen, Dee.

You shouldn’t have screwed with our vendors………..

……..Congrats, Edgar County…just don’t send his sorry ass back down here to Richland.




“History Breaths…….It Belongs to You”

Every day I wake up and pray that more people will see what John and I see in this great nation and its people. Sure we all have our problems and challenges to deal with but those are stepping-stones to the building of our character and a better community and a better country.

This weekend Glenn Beck held a Restoring Love Conference in the Dallas Cowboys stadium. Even Paul McCartney didnt fill this stadium like it filled this weekend and as I type there are twitters going out World Wide of the message delivered!

The message this weekend, Priceless! I pray you can hear the message as that is what is important.  I believe anyone who loves this country as we do will in fact be moved by the message delivered!

“I think there are two kinds of Americans, those who like to be pushed and those who push themselves. Those who see our problems and refuse to see our blessings, and those who see our problems as our blessings.” (Glenn Beck)

 

 

More on the event can be seen at www.theblaze.com

 




Can we recover our Moral Fiber?

Our Moral Fiber is being destroyed in this country, this state, this county, one day, one event, one person at a time.

What is Moral Fiber?

I think the definition I found here spells it out very well. Moral Fiber

“Moral fiber is the capacity to do what is right, no matter what the circumstance. A business person with strong moral fiber, for example, would decline a bribe, and put his self interests aside for the benefit of the company and its shareholders. A parent with strong moral fiber does whatever it takes to help their kids succeed, even if it means they have to make sacrifices. A person with moral fiber does not do things to intentionally harm others, and when given the opportunity, does things to help the less fortunate.
 
When Abraham Lincoln pushed to free slaves despite hostility from his own political party, he showed great moral fiber. Bernie Madoff was severely lacking moral fiber when he took billions from investors.

A parent that would rather drink and get high than pay rent or electric bills has no moral fiber.”

 
We have covered many criminal activities on this site and over and over it appears the attitude is to move forward and don’t prosecute. Sadly, as we have covered, other counties and state agencies and even federal agencies have no problem going back 10 years or more to investigate and prosecute.

One only needs to look at the recent arrest of the former Charleston City Planner.  If we ignore the misconduct of our public officials what message are we sending? What damage is done to the future of our community?  Do you think the officials in Charleston might think twice about stealing now that they know you will get prosecuted for it? 

The message we send to the rest of the people when we do nothing and/or refuse to demand accountability is a message of corruption. Unwillingness to stand for what is right and true. That is the first step in the decay of any civilized society. Don’t take my word for it, just read history!  The message we send to our community becomes the behavioral patterns for the future. Something about sowing and reaping?

The damage that occurs from doing nothing begins with the loss of public trust in our government. Not much more you can say to that. If you let your public officials get away with abusing our tax dollars for their own gain and nothing is done we lose faith in our system of Government.   

Loss of that faith is the first step in the decay of our moral fiber of right and wrong. We become desensitized to what wrong really is. A new paradigm is created that establishes justification for illegal acts that 20 years ago would have been front page news exposing the crooks. Character Matters and our lack of involvement have led us to officials that “are” characters instead of “having” Character. integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.  Do your elected and appointed officials have integrity?

I suspect about now in this short read you’re wondering where this is going. Let me tell you to simply hang on because the Edgar County Watchdogs has come into possession of information from the Illinois State Police that not only corroborate several of our earlier stories on the past Sheriff and other officials in this county but also paints the clear picture of the behavioral traits that have infected our community and have grown like a cancer while many people, which a lot of you think are great character models, should actually be charged for the crimes they have committed.

The hardest thing for many people to overcome is the fact their close friend or loved one is or has done something terribly wrong or even criminal. It hurts and we understand that however it’s how we deal with that painful truth that determines where we go as a society.

These wrong doings must be exposed so that we know the truth about the people in positions of power. We must remember the truth has no agenda. My agenda is pretty simple even though many refuse to listen and accept it, understandably considering many of those are the people we are exposing.  My agenda?  Hold our officials accountable to do what is right by the law.  If we can’t do the right thing on the small things is it any wonder our government is in the mess its in?  

The challenge, as we are finding, is we must first define what is right and by who’s standard?

I believe this video is a PERFECT explanation of the challenge we are facing today and I pray to God every one of you put your opinions aside and listen to the message because I promise you it ties into the very things going on in this county and I believe fits perfectly with the upcoming stories.

 

 




County Board Ignores Misappropriations!

As usual, the county board sits silent and does nothing to hold people accountable for misappropriations of county funds even with stacks of evidence.

More amazing is the auditors report and 2 page letter of suggestions the board should implement to prevent further misappropriations, fraud, and theft of assets.  Those suggestions match our very complaints pertaining to the 911 board and its single employee, Nanett Crippes.

In the Auditors report there is a paragraph that reads as follows:

Fraud and Illegal Acts:  During the audit, allegations of potential fraudulent activity in the Emergency Telephone Services Department were communicated to us.  We considered these allegations in evaluating potential risks of financial statement misstatement and in selecting audit procedures to perform.  We also conducted follow-up discussions with various members of the County Board.  The results of our procedures did not support the allegations and we found no evidence of any impropriety.”

So what does that paragraph really mean?  The video explains everything in full details starting at the 3:58 mark however its important to point out what that paragraph means.

One MAJOR point to remember is the fact that this same accounting firm has been doing the county audits for years and makes THOUSANDS doing it and this year was the FIRST time they looked at the financial expendatures of your 911 board!

“During the audit, allegations of potential fraudulent activity in the Emergency Telephone Services Department were communicated to us. “

Not only did we communicate the information but we also provided a stack of documents to include payments, minutes, and other numerous pieces of evidence to support the allegations.   Key point is the very auditor we presented that information made it clear that what we presented was outside his scope of authority to look at!  Outside his scope because the County Board chose to not allow the auditor to look past the last year.  We have been hammering the 911 board on their fraud and theft for over a year and half and the FIRST year they ever got audited was after we exposed them and the crimes did stop! Small victory that it stopped but when do you go back and look at the facts of theft and hold them all accountable?

“We considered these allegations in evaluating potential risks of financial statement misstatement and in selecting audit procedures to perform.”

If they report the FACTUAL theft of our tax money, which was from the previous year, that means they, the auditor would be exposed for MISSTATEMENTS on their financial statements during those previous years!

YES, they FAILED to even audit 911 until the Edgar Count Watchdogs put the pressure on them yet the county board and the States Attorney has taken no action at all to hold anyone accountable for the theft and misappropriations of our tax money and the County Board actively instructed the auditors to NOT look at previous year information! 

That fact came from the auditor, who by the way is no longer with the firm!  I wonder if our complaint had any impact on that?  When exposed to fraudulent activity they are bound to investigate and this one did not!

 “We also conducted follow-up discussions with various members of the County Board.  The results of our procedures did not support the allegations and we found no evidence of any impropriety.”

Discussions with various members of the board?  YES, they have confirmed exactly what we have been trying to expose for over a year, a select few on that board think they control what goes on in this county, and so far they have gotten their way, illegally!  The discussions SHOULD have been in an open meeting with ALL the County Board members, NOT various members!

Why no evidence of impropriety found?  because the board refused to let them look past the last year!    The procedures established were to ONLY look at the last budget year and that procedure ensures the auditor is protected for Failing to report the illegal acts they missed in previous years.  By claiming there was nothing found it appears was their sorry attempt to discredit the Watchdogs.  Sorry folks, you can’t discredit the truth!  They found nothing becuase they were forbidden from looking at the very years of theft we presented for two key reasons.  1.  Exposes them for not doing there job during those years and 2. Protects there hand picked people from having the theft documented by a licensed firm that cant be ignored.

I challenge this county board, just as I did at the meeting, to prove my allegations wrong.  I challenge the States Attorney to sit down and look at the evidence of illegal spending and tell the public it didn’t happen.

My presentation begins at 3:58 mark however just before taht was Mr. Kraft exposing yet another peice of property that is not being billed for property tax.  He covered that story here: Property Tax not being paid.




McFatridge – No Immunity, State or Federal! –

EDGAR CO. –

Herb Whitlock and Randy Steidl are going to get their day in court, provided no settlement is reached between now and the trial dates.

Steidl’s jury selection and jury trial are scheduled to begin on January 14, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Whitlock’s jury selection and jury trial are scheduled to begin on February 25, 2013, at 9:00 a.m.

Some very interesting reading for those that have been following this case. 

You can download several of the files to read for yourself but its clear, on June 20th 2012 McFatridge filed for a Motion to Stay Mandate.   On June 22, 2012 the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit DENIED that motion! (McFatridge order 6-22-2012)

 The court was pretty clear, as is expected when seeking justice!  (Notice of Mandate File 6-26-2012)

“The fact that McFatridge eventually proceeded with this prosecution does not wipe away his involvement in the investigation at its earliest stages. He went to the scene of the crime and the hospital shortly after the murders, long before probable cause supported any arrests or anyone had sought his advice as a lawyer. Under the functional line the Supreme Court drew in Buckley, a prosecutor does not enjoy absolute immunity before he has probable cause. 509 U.S. at 274; see Feilds, 672 F.3d at 512 (“Prosecutors do not function as advocates before probable cause to arrest a suspect exists.”).

No Federal or State Immunity for McFatridge!

“Because McFatridge is not protected by immunity on the federal claims we have identified, he is not protected by immunity on the comparable state claims.”

  (Case Management Order)

From that docket there are some very interesting comments from the court.  It makes you wonder, with previous admissions relating to cocaine use and/or possession by former States Attorney McFatrdridge, what was really going on in Paris Illinois and how many of those people are still here exercising their corruption?  Was McFatrdige involved in illegal Gambling? 

“Shortly before the murders, Steidl and Whitlock had met with an FBI agent to complain about illegal gambling in Paris. At that meeting, they named local attorneys who were involved in the gambling ring. Although it is not clear whether they mentioned Michael McFatridge, the State’s Attorney, he was allegedly among those involved in the illegal activity. As it happened, the FBI agent in whom Steidl and Whitlock confided knew McFatridge; the two had a close working relationship.”

 It appears from the reading, and the rulings, corruption and disregard for the law was alive and well 20+ years ago, just as it appears to be now.  How many look back on their support of Michael McFatridge, knowing what he was involved in and can honestly say supporting him was the right thing?  I have interviewed several people who knew first hand of his drug use yet it was ignored because people didn’t think it really mattered or it didn’t involve them. 

I pray to God people wake up and realize the leadership you select during elections today lays the groundwork for the society you will have in the future.  Corruption breeds corruption!  The moral fiber of our society, the true meaning of right and wrong rests squarely on the shoulders of We The People.  

When we select officials for office based on friendship or party, we do a disservice to our Founding Fathers and ourselves.  Electing the right people for the job takes careful evaluation and should not be done on a whim. 

Seek the Truth as it has no Agenda! 

 




Declaration of Independence – A Lesson in History!

July 4th has been a Federal holiday since 1941, officially, but the history and tradition of what is less commonly known as Independence Day dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.In June of 1776 the representatives of the 13 colonies, then fighting in our historic revolutionary war, weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. It was drafted by Thomas Jefferson in June of 1776 however he had assistance in that process from Sherman, Franklin, Livingston and Adams. 
 
Our Declaration of Independence is the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson’s greatest work in my opinion.   Jefferson was able to express on paper the convictions of the American people’s hearts and minds. The political philosophy of the Declaration of Independence was not new.  History reflects that the ideals of individual liberty was previously expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers.  What Thomas Jefferson accomplished was to summarize this philosophy in “self-evident truths” and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to lay the foundation and justification of separating the connection between the colonies and Great Britain. The actual approval of the Resolution of Independence was passed in Congress on July 2nd 1776. John Adams wrote the following to his wife Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

John Adams was off by two days as it was July 4th that Congress signed the Declaration of Independence and it appears most have forgotten, assuming we still teach it, that it was July 2nd the original resolution was passed!

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are the only signers of the Declaration of Independence that later became  Presidents and died on the same day, July 4th 1826! 

James Monroe, although not a signer of the document but was a founding father of this great nation died on July 4th, 1831 becoming the third president in a row to die on the 4th of July!

May we remember the great sacrifices from those before us who did so much for so little personal gain. Those men laid a foundation for great potential that we must no longer squander away.   They understood the God Factor in this great country and I pray that each day more and more people will learn that it is “We The People”, with Gods Blessings that make this country what it is. 

Seldom is it the numbers that determine the outcome, but whether those who claim to be good men are willing to stand up and fight for what they know to be right. (Wayne Gresson)

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

Those who do nothing about sin and evil, help the sin and evil to prevail. One who is silent when there are those around him in sin becomes a partaker with them (Eph. 5: 7).

This Country will be what you make it! Those who are not actively and vigorously fighting against evil are helping evil to triumph. What are you doing?

Save what our founders fought and died for!

God Bless The USA! 

 

 




Catholic School Bus Firebombed in Rockford, IL –

ROCKFORD, IL. –

According to the Illinois Review, a Catholic pro-life school bus was firebombed in Rockford, Illinois last friday night. The bus was owned and operated by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy in Rockford, Illinois. There are several articles and pictures at the above Illinois Review link.