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February 29, 2024

Clark County Park District Civil Suit Settled – Attorney Resigns –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 26, 2014

UPDATED with video at bottom of page…
The Clark County Park District held a special board meeting this evening, June 26, 2014.
During pubic session, I asked if they had completed tallying up the costs, per former board member of the free items obtained from the district over the past several years. Ms. Yargas stated the district is continuing to work on that issue.
The board voted to enter into a settlement on the Open Meetings Act civil suit, Kirk Allen v. Clark County Park District. The details of the settlement include payment of the filing fees, summons service fees, and copying fees totaling $415.50. Prior to the vote, board member Wallace informed those present that each board member agreed to pay a portion of the costs so as not to burden the taxpayer with this expense. The board, at last weeks meeting, had approved an Open Meetings Act resolution that set rules for public comment, and approved a Freedom Of Information Act resolution approving FOIA procedures and appointing the district attorney, Kate Yargas as the FOIA Officer.
Immediately after approval authorizing the settlement, the park district attorney, Kate Yargas, tendered her resignation to the board, effective June 30, 2014, citing personal reasons to spend more time with her family. She was thanked for her service and a short discussion followed.
(Read settlement agreement here)
Vote to Settle Civil Suit:

Attorney resigns:


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  • John Paul Doe
    Posted at 21:59h, 26 June

    Good work, boys!

  • Mitch
    Posted at 22:30h, 26 June

    Sounds like she had plans to spend time with her family.

  • Rich
    Posted at 08:02h, 27 June

    Good job! Thanks for your dedication to transparency in govt.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:26h, 27 June

    There’s an interesting contrast with how downstate government behaves when caught and what happens closer to Chicago. There seems to be a pattern that in most cases the downstate entities will admit they were wrong (eventually), apologize, and someone will resign (to “spend more time with their family”, of course). Closer to Chicago, the public entities will stonewall, obstruct, attack their critics, and fight tooth and nail so they do not have to admit they were wrong. They never apologize. They do not resign. It’s interesting to watch this stuff play out because downstate is like a totally different world than how Chicago officials behave.

    • Mitch
      Posted at 11:04h, 28 June

      Chicago is where the big boys play.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 10:45h, 29 June

      This is a rare exception to what you see closer to Chicago. For the most part, we get the same things downs here that you get up there.

  • Michael Mastin
    Posted at 06:15h, 28 June

    Well done gentlemen!

  • Angela Mason
    Posted at 12:17h, 29 June

    Oh believe it, Anonymous….there are plenty of downstate public bodies who fight tooth and nail when they get caught in wrongdoing. It took us YEARS to get authorities to pay attention to a corrupt mayor …whose butt is now sitting in a federal pen…and all because he fought to keep his underhanded doings in his town a secret from us, despite repeated FOIAs and destruction of records. The feds caught up to him. We can only hope the feds catch up to what’s been going on in Clark and Edgar eventually…

  • That's a Wrap!
    Posted at 08:02h, 05 July

    Your headline is a bit misleading. It should have said “Attorney resigns in disgrace as laughing stock–now butt of bar association jokes.” Otherwise excellent work folks!