BLOOMINGTON, IL. (ECWd) -
In yet another example of the sickness in this state, we have another ethically challenged public official that finds herself right back in public service in less than a year, but there's more!
Sue McLaughlin, disgraced former Mattoon, Illinois City Manager was terminated from her job without cause (Click here for council minutes - page 9) stemming from her alleged attempt to sell city property to her fiance for less than its real value in a 4-1 vote back in June of 2012. (Click here for our first coverage on that event) The original motion and second was "for cause", but was amended by a city council member. The amended motion to terminate "without cause" passed.
January of 2013 she landed herself another public sector job as the interim City Manager in Lincoln, Illinois through the help of Gov Temps (now GovHR), a hiring agency. The city of Lincoln web site reflects that she is currently the City Manager. (Click here for link to City of Lincoln web site)
In what is a shock to many in Bloomington, this same person has now been hired through the same agency to be the interim City Manager of Bloomington at a rate of $85 an hour, which depending on hours worked could lead to at least a $175,000.00 a year paycheck.
Does it concern anyone that a public official who tried to sell property to her fiance for less than its real value, is removed by one city, to only be hired by not one, but two other cities?
What does it take to purge our public offices from these types once and for all? According to BLNNews the Mayor did not know about her corrupt self serving actions in Mattoon.
Should public employees that are outed for self serving unethical activity be allowed to ever work in the public sector again?
Therein lies the duty of the councils, boards, and State's Attorneys. Without them taking legal action to prosecute these individuals, they will continue to plague our public service system.