Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy! Oh, the web we weave when no one is paying attention.
During the last Airport Meeting, which the paper did such a fine job covering, they failed to mention some issues raised that led to that great famous phrase we hear so often from public officials when it appears their hand is in the cookie jar:
For those that were not able to make the meeting, I asked if he was familiar with the Multi Level Marketing business called Excel Communications, and of course he was. In fact he acknowledged he not only was familiar with it but that he had been involved with it. Now of course we already knew that before we asked but it's always interesting to see the responses from these people.
Next question created a squirm in his seat to say the least.
Mr. Wells are you or have you profited financially from the county airport phone lines, that you are in charge of, through Excel Communications?
Head drops like the 5 year old who just got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and the response was just as classic!
That is just one month of several we have found with hardly any effort of digging!
Now if you were NOT profiting wouldnt' you let the world know that?
No one seems to know how the county phone line billing got turned over to being billed on behalf of a Multi Level Marketing business, yet Jimmy knows exactly what Excel is as he admitted involvement in that business. Any bets that the paper trail will lead to Mr. Wells profiting off the county phone line while being the appointed Manager of the operation?
If that is the case, wouldn't that be a conflict of interest?
Another rather interesting turn of events is a ONE SHEET OF PAPER, Promissory Note-Business Loan document we came across in our search.
When Mr. Kraft asked Jimmy Wells about it, he was quite proud to claim he personally took out the loan to help the county airport. Seriously, he claims he took out a loan from Illini Community Development Corporation out of Newman, Illinois. A Delaware Corporation with 27,500 shares available. Perry Albin is the name that shows up on the corporate records listed with the State of Illinois.
Interesting fact is the loan document doesn't have Jimmy's name any where on it at all? Now how does that happen?
Better yet, how does county government take out a loan? Outside of a tax anticipation loan, which cant exceed 12 months, they are not allowed to take out term notes, let alone sign a promissory note with a for profit corporation! Almost has the smelling of a Dee Burgin county backed loan!
More on the loan as it's a story in itself but rest assured, Jimmy Wells did not take out this loan like he claimed, and when questioned on that fact during the airport meeting, those famous county government officials favorite phrase filled the room yet again.