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My God, Where Does It Stop?

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On January 30, 2013


Conflicts of Interest – Self Serving – Violation of Rights – Lies and Total Disregard for the Law!

  • Former Sheriff Tim Crippes and his Conflict of Interest of using his private vehicle repair shop for county vehicles he was in charge of.
  • Former Sheriff Tim Crippes using inmates to roof the homes of private citizens
  • Former Sheriff Tim Crippes selling seized guns in direct violation of the law.
  • Craig Smith using public funds for his own continuing education.
  • Mass Transit District Employee using tax money as their personal bank account.
  • Dee Burgin never paying the contracted $100,000.00 for the Ambulance operation he was in charge of as a county employee.
  • Dee Burgin violating the rights of a person in his custody.
  • Jimmy Wells using the county Airport as his personal storage building.
  • Lisa Gill having her personal business products delivered to her place of employment, the county airport.
  • Chris Patrick placing his personal financial interest ahead of the entire county.
  • Chris Patrick profiting off of materials provided to the Airport while in charge of the Airport Board authorizing key activities


It Won’t until We The People stand up and demand our laws be enforced and we elect people with honor and character!

Strap on the seat belt and prepare as this one is going to validate the very problem we have in this county and it starts with the actions, or lack of action by the very people who are suppose to enforce the laws on the books.  Laws that are designed to ensure conflicts are avoided!  When ignored, we get what we have! 

A document we now have in our possession obtained from the Illinois State Police who received it from the City of Paris should be enough to infuriate each and every person in this county, although I think we have offered enough justification for that in the past.

January 22nd of 2008 Judge Garst provided a letter with what I would call stern direction to then sitting  State’s Attorney Matt Sullivan, Sheriff Tim Crippes, and City Police Chief Ron Humphrey.

From Judici

  • Thomas Guess arrested on drug charges and vehicle seized – 8-25-2007
  • 8-25-2007 Vehicle owned by Thomas Guess towed upon arrest
  • Arresting office – UNKNOWN?  Any guess?
  • 8-30-2007 complaint filed
  • 09/24/2007 – Mr. Guess agrees to forfeit his vehicle that was seized at the time of the arrest and testify truthfully in any proceeding involving George Fields
  • 10/09/2007 $204.01 paid out to Edgar County Sheriff Department as reimbursement for petty cash (Drug Traffic Prevention Fund) that was used to repair the window on the seized vehicle.
  • 11/09/07 – $60.00 paid to the towing company for the tow of vehicle in question.

Total County Funds expended in seized vehicle at this point? 


So what happen to that vehicle? 

  • 10-30-2007 – Deposit into Drug Task Force totaling $205.00 for the sale of a Geo Storm – Vehicle Seized 2 months earlier.
  • 11-16-2007 – Sentence established for Thomas Guess

In roughly 65 days a vehicle is seized during a drug bust, repaired at the county expense totaling $264.01 and then sold for $205.00 to a County Employee.

The lucky recipient that used your tax dollars to seize and then repair the vehicle, and then turn around and purchased it in direct violation of state statutes?

Roger Hopper!

Is that a problem? 

Property Sale Prohibition

(55 ILCS 5/3-6026) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6026)
    Sec. 3-6026. No purchase of property at own sale. No sheriff or deputy sheriff shall become the purchaser, nor procure any other person to become the purchaser for him or her, of any property, real or personal, by him or her exposed to sale, by virtue of any judgment or process; and all such purchases made by any sheriff or deputy sheriff, or by any other person in his or her behalf, shall be absolutely null and void.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

With the clear conflict of interest with Chris Patrick and his disregard for the law is it any wonder we are where we are at in our government system when no one is held accountable to violating the law?

The sale of this vehicle, which took place before the guy was even sentenced, was to a deputy in the sheriff’s office that was part of the arrest and seizing of the vehicle.  About the only thing we have not confirmed is that the he purchased the vehicle to give to his daughter to drive.  Can you say, Conflict of Interest?

I would say the Letter from Judge Garst spells out quite clear that there is a problem.  The bigger question I have is why was a law enforcement officer allowed to get away with it, even after it was exposed? 

We get what we have in our society when we continue to pick and choose what laws we pay attention to and which ones we ignore.  Or when we select people for office or employment with virtually no experience in how to vet a candidate, or knowledge of key human resources as it applies to selecting employees.

Right now the pattern, dating clear back to at least 2002, is one of total disregard for the law by many of our elected officials.  From Tim Crippes selling illegal guns to Jim Keller taking out illegal loans.  These people have all gotten away with violating the law.

Now we have the infamous businessman Chris Patrick.  The guy that got selected as Chairman with no consideration as to the baggage he brings to the table or even a question of concern that there just might be a conflict of interest. In fact, not a single question raised so we have what we have.

Many may recall that we urged numerous times these things get fixed and all we got was lip service and “no comment” as a response.  John and I assured the board that if they are not going to ensure the laws are followed then they leave us no option than to file a criminal complaint.

With the current situation with Chris Patrick, and the clearly spelled out Conflict of Interest, he has to be held accountable.  It appears the only thing that is going to do that is the filing of a criminal complaint, short of the State’s Attorney taking action on his own.

The county and all its government bodies are on the ledge and about to be pushed off as it relates to all state and federal funding.  Are We The People going allow Chris Patrick to singlehandedly destroy the lives of at least 20 people and their families?  Are we going to allow this man to prevent numerous projects from going forward because of “his opinion” that he is doing nothing wrong?  Projects that employ far more than just those working at the highway department!

No matter what you all think of me or any of my efforts over the past several years, please know what I have done is because deep down I knew it needed to be done.  I can’t explain and won’t try.  I just know that regardless of any topic I have covered, ALL have agreed this one MUST be rectified, sooner than later!

I pray that it’s not going to take criminal charges but know myself and many others are fully prepared to take that step if this is not resolved.



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  • Sandy Gray
    Posted at 18:05h, 30 January Reply

    In regards to Mr.Patricks actions in the last month or more only confirms the fact that his actions are all about him and his idea of being entitled. He is not ENTITLED! He should accept thos fact and step down from his positions both on the County Board and the Airport. He has shown that he has no regards for the feelings of the families he is about to put in a bad financial situation. Is the fact that he himself is in possible financial needs because of his actions dealing with his family have anything to do with this greedy attitude? Hey Chris if you play you have to pay for your actions.

  • Rory Steidl
    Posted at 19:33h, 30 January Reply

    As a former resident of Edgar County, I remain keenly interested in the events that effect its citizens. Keeping that in mind, I’m sad to hear that the lives and economic well-being of many who live or work in Edgar County are being negatively impacted by a reported conflict of interest by Edgar County Board President, Mr. Patrick.
    A recent interpretation of state statute by the State of Illinois has resulted in suspension of funding to certain Edgar County road & bridge projects. This action comes as a result of a finding of conflict of interest between Mr. Patrick, the current president of the Edgar County Board and his financial interest in a concrete supplier. As a result of this finding and the suspension of funding, employees of various contractors working on those projects have reportedly been laid off while others face uncertainty. Some of those employees have been told that they may not be paid for a portion of their hours worked until the conflict is resolved and State of Illinois reinstates funding. Others at the Edgar County Highway Department are also reportedly in jeopardy of being laid off or not being paid due to the pull out of State of Illinois funds resulting from the finding.
    Mr. Patrick was elected by the citizens of Edgar County to safeguard their interests, not his own. If the State of Illinois has determined that his presence on the Edgar County Board constitutes a conflict of interest, he should resign immediately. His failure to do so will prolong the profound, negative impact to those he was elected to serve. While legal interpretation of state statute suggests Mr. Patrick’s resignation from the Edgar County Board is necessary and appropriate, his character will determine how swiftly he submits his resignation.
    Rory Steidl

  • Gail Heltsley Steidl
    Posted at 20:47h, 30 January Reply

    Dismantle “The Network”…one person at a time. / Rory

  • Angela S Hutson
    Posted at 07:13h, 31 January Reply

    Wow! That’s messed up!

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