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Corruption Does Pay for Sue McLaughlin – $85hr!

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On May 1, 2014

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.


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  • web staff
    Posted at 21:39h, 01 May

    We are in the wrong business!

  • Old
    Posted at 22:54h, 01 May

    Someone didn’t do their homework did they? Whatever happened to extensive background checks on public employees who are applying for jobs such as these? Then they are stupid enough to pay her $85 an hour. This is just plain insane, very few people are worth half that hourly pay. The people who hired her should be fired, recalled, or maybe give up enough of their pay checks to pay hers. Can you say stupid!

  • Omlet Maker
    Posted at 23:39h, 01 May

    I hope you will publicize this fact widely. Please make sure “Cities 92”, a conservative radio station puts this on and does an interview with you. They have a very conservative audience that is likely to be proactive on this subject

  • Kevin
    Posted at 23:50h, 01 May

    I find it very hard to believe that the Mayor of Bloomington did not know as both he and Sue
    McLaughlin are actively involved in ICMA together, and Renner is a past officer that Association.

  • Dave
    Posted at 15:43h, 02 May

    She got rewarded for her attempted malfeasance…. is the Bloomington Mayor too damn lazy to pick up the phone and talk to the people in Mattoon who fired her?

  • old
    Posted at 19:11h, 02 May

    Hey I’m retired, could use a few extra dollars a month. Do you know where I can find a job that pays that kind of wages. I’m an honest person, never been convicted of or fired from a job for stealing from anyone. Is it a qualification needed to get jobs that pay $1000’s a week?