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Overlords control in Edgar County

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On October 30, 2014

Edgar Co. (ECWd) –

Anyone that has lived in this county for a few years understands how the entrenched power brokers have ran this town for their own gain, and at the expense of the taxpayers. For those that don’t recall the debt these people have placed on this county let me remind you – $79.3 Million in Debt!  (Click here for the article covering those details)

From self proclaimed Engineers that are not engineers (Bob Colvin) to Mayors (Craig Smith) who use the public dime for their private continuing education requirements, the sickness will never end until the people take a stand for what is right based on facts, not based on the lies and deception many of these people have become so good at.

How does one go about getting a County job without even having to apply? Anyone with any sense of right and wrong knows it’s wrong to hire because of a personal relationship, but again, this is how it’s always been done in Edgar County.

In 2008 the airport advisory committee reports that Paula Hoffman is no longer employed at the airport and that Lisa Gill will replace her. (Click here for copy of minutes)

The self dealings of the past County Board Chairman Chris Patrick have once again raised a few eyebrows.  Turns out his friend Lisa Gill ended up with her job without even having to fill out a job application or provide any resume.

Now isn’t that interesting.  An advisory committee chaired by Chris Patrick, that had no legal authority to make decisions, merely suggestions to the County Board, recorded in their minutes a person was hired to replace one who left.

Turns out there was no publication to the public announcing that job opening, no job description made available, etc.  Nothing!  Lisa Gill got the job for one reason, she knew Chris Patrick.

Records obtained reflect Jimmy Wells was the one that interviewed her, so Lisa Gill claims. However, Mr. Wells did not possess that authority in his contract nor did he have hiring authority in his contract. (Click here for Jimmy Wells employment contract)

Lisa Gill started in 2008 and has never filled out a job application, never provided a resume of qualifications, and no board has ever approved her hiring yet she is in fact employed.  When a person is hired in secret by people who had no authority given to them to hire anyone it makes the employment void.  Much like those of Governor Quinn with his IDOT hiring.  They are called patronage hiring.  They are illegal and those who are party to it should be held accountable.

In this case Chris Patrick is already gone, however, Gill is still employed.  She should be terminated immediately as her employment was never approved by any legal authority in this county.  If the position is in fact needed, then a proper announcement to the public should be made and she and any others can apply by filling out an application and providing a resume.

How many other people in this county would have liked the opportunity to at least try to get a part time county job?  I suspect several would have applied had the public been notified of an opening, but sadly once again, the Overlords control things in this county and will continue to unless the majority of the people stand up and put a stop to it at the voting booth!

With less than a week to go for the next election it will show us once again if the people are waking up or continuing to ignore the problem by failing to correct it, which by the way is the same as approving of it.  You get what you vote for and the Power of Association will continue to dominate the future of this county if you allow it!

Not sure who to vote for?  May I suggest anyone other than the candidates being supported by Bob Colvin, Addona Bennett, Mike Heltsley, Dee Burgin or Shane St. Clair.

These people have been the virus in this county for way to long. 

Vote for the cure! 




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  • John Windmiller
    Posted at 11:00h, 30 October Reply

    Louis Curl and Duncan McGibbon are both Licensed Civil Engineers , one is part owner (Louis ) and the other (Duncan) does design work. Colvin is a Registered Land Surveyor which he did for this company prior to his buying out Dale Francis . As owner of the company he is not required to possess a PE license but is required to have on staff someone who does.

    Chris Patrick is a dead horse and not the brightest bulb in the box. I dealt with him when I worked at IDOT and he gave us allor of problems. I think the finally took away his ability to bid on State jobs.

  • Kirk Allen
    Posted at 11:45h, 30 October Reply

    John, appreciate your input however my point with Colvin is not about his business but about him violating the law by telling people he is an engineer when in fact he is not.

  • Sandy
    Posted at 20:11h, 31 October Reply

    Anyone that knows Chris and Lisa would be surprised by this fact..why??? They have been an item for years…of course Lisa got that job because of Chris!

  • Sceptor
    Posted at 23:29h, 10 November Reply

    Get Shorty ! He’s still tryin to throw what little weight he has.
    Pathetic little man, with wanna bees next to him.

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