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Charleston City Council hears from Citizens, Legislators, and Watchdogs –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 22, 2015

Charleston, IL. (ECWd) –

The Charleston City Council held its regular meeting last night – the first meeting after passing the Resolution in support of Rauner’s Turn-Around Illinois plan – “Supporting Local Government Empowerment and Reform

There were numerous members of the public, union members from Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State Representatives (Jeannie Ives and Reggie Phillips among them), a former State Representative (Brad Halbrook), and the Edgar County Watchdogs in attendance.

Most were opposed to the resolution and spoke to that effect. The State Representatives spoke in favor of it. Watchdogs spoke in favor of it, but asked that it be reconsidered at a future meeting where a public recital is completed prior to voting on it.

Read more at this link from The Daily Eastern News (here) or the JG-TC article (here).

We are trying to secure the video taken and will post it if we can obtain a copy of it.



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  • ECWDogs
    Posted at 11:04h, 22 April

    Charleston City Council hears from Citizens, Legislators, and Watchdogs –

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 08:22h, 23 April

    Public trust erosion in Charleston Illinois? Obviously! The City of Charleston government agencies are corrupt, especially some our former and current law enforcement officers and agency(Charleston police department) that employs them, obviously. You should investigate that allegation more and report on that story more instead of things like this. It’s a well known story in Coles County Illinois that can be easily verified through researching it, questioning and listening to multiple credible sources/insiders, eyewitness testimony from local individuals and public records through FOIA REQUEST, and alternative media outlets previous stories published on websites like yours at about our former Coles County Sheriff Darrel Cox and our former Charleston police department officers like John S Blevins and David N Iwaniw with FELONY charges for drugs,child pornography and aggravated sexual assault of a child, official misconduct and our corrupt Coles County States Attorney Brian Bower protecting them all ( multiple stories written by John Kraft and Kirk Allen of Edgar County Watchdogs with evidence within them) and many other public servants of ours in Coles County. You should report MORE on that instead of things like this obviously…Please. Thanks.

  • Sorry, Anonymous
    Posted at 09:09h, 23 April

    You may want to limit the insane postings of a guy that professes that 9-11, Sandy Hook, and the Colorado Movie Shooting were all government conspiracies. He will only bring down the value of “real” information that you have on your website with his ramblings.

    • Chris M. Gaines
      Posted at 09:26h, 23 April

      Got any evidence to prove your allegations in your comment? Why should anyone just take your words alone for it and believe it? Anonymity doesn’t foster credibility, obviously. What’s your name? What’s your intentions here? Why hide your identity here? Why can’t or won’t you put your name on your comment? What secrets are you hiding, any?

      Impunity arises from a failure of the State to meet their obligations to investigate criminal or civil violations to the law; to take appropriate measures in respect of the perpetrators, particularly in the area of justice, by ensuring that those suspected of criminal or civil responsibility are prosecuted, tried and duly punished; to provide victims with effective remedies and to ensure that they receive reparation for the injuries suffered; to ensure the inalienable right to know the truth about violations; and to take other necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of violations. Please consider this. Thanks again.

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 08:04h, 09 June

    Until such time We the people take the power back from those who control it and demand our public servants represent our best interests and not those of themselves, their political party or other special interest groups, there really is no one to blame except ourselves evidently. If We the People don’t fully participate in our democracy and our community by getting more informed and involved and accept the responsibility and our duties as citizens, then we should expect more public corruption not less in the future obviously.

    We must all be willing to take mitigated risks daily and even life threatening risk if required of us for OTHER people and their FREEDOM AND LIBERTY and ultimately that will secure your own freedom and liberty within our Republic in OUR United States of America. Stand up with us and join us in this ongoing battle against government tyranny and fascism. Resist the status quo! May God have mercy on all our souls for allowing this to happen on our watch.

  • Matt F
    Posted at 10:17h, 10 June

    Who is “We the People”? Is that all of the unemployed welfare bums that are too lazy to work?

    What more do you want from the government? You get free room, meals, and health insurance to support your “life of leisure.” Oh yeah, you want free dope too.

    Sorry Chris, maybe you should be happy with the illegal drugs that you buy with your welfare money. If that isn’t enough maybe you should get a job.

    • Chris M. Gaines
      Posted at 00:01h, 12 June

      If you can’t debate the message/ facts based on the evidence, then you have no option but to attack the messenger like you did. That being said… Got any evidence to support your allegations? Why should our audience believe your words alone? Why hide your identity here “Matt”? Anonymity doesn’t foster credibility obviously. What secrets are you hiding “Matt? The accuser has the burden of proof obviously. Why can’t you provide any evidence here? We all know why Matt. You can’t evidently or you would.

      Consider this though “Matt”… if our public servants (including law enforcement officers) whose primary duty is to uphold the law intentionally break the law, the law is rendered meaningless and the public loses trust in everything they do and will NOT obey any laws voluntarily, obviously. Lots of questions remain unanswered obviously… What else are they lying about? What other secrets are they hiding from public exposure? What other laws do they break to suit their needs? Are their any consequences for their actions? Why not? How can we the people implement SIGNIFICANT changes in OUR government agencies and public institutions? Get MORE informed. Get MORE involved. Take action today please. Thank you and have a nice day “Matt”.

  • Matt F
    Posted at 11:07h, 15 June

    Credibility? A common criminal is going to talk about credibility! Somebody who does not pay the fines or community service for his CRIMINAL activities is going to talk about credibility!

    Good one.

    Are you going to deny you have a lenghty criminal record and a series of unpaid fines and community service? That ALLEGATION can be proven on

    As well as the ALLEGATION that you are a welfare bum. I believe the term on Judici is “indigent”. Are legal documents provided on Coles County’s website proof enough? I believe so.

    Where are the consequences for YOUR actions? You broke the law, many times and refuse to pay the fines. You refuse to perform community service.

    You, Chris, are a lazy welfare bum.

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 15:31h, 16 June

    Like I said before….if you can’t kill the message then you kill the messenger. Good luck killing me or the message. Apparently you can’t so far evidently.The Truth is the Truth no matter who reports it here, Mother Teresa or Charles Manson…it don’t matter, the Truth remains the same no matter who tells it. Our audience understands that I assume. Have a nice day.

  • Matt F
    Posted at 14:57h, 17 June

    Nobody is killing the messenger. The audience has the right to know the facts. I am merely exposing the truth. Have I stated anything that is untrue?

    Are you not an “indigent” as recorded in Court records on

    Are you not on “welfare” based on your own testimony and recorded in Court Records?

    Whatever audience you are performing for knows the truth. You are welcome.

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 01:29h, 18 June

    “To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men”.

    Quote by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Question to our audience here: Do “lazy, illegal drug using, indigent, unemployed, welfare bums” as “Matt F.” lables them incorrectly here obviously, have the right anyways and/or duty as citizens to participate in our democracy? …by publicly speaking out here against public corruption by our public servants and government tyranny? …Or who is this right to speak out against this public corruption and government tyranny reserved for exactly here, only people like Matt F. thinks he is? Or should we just be silent and not speak out at all here? Obviously I know the answers to my questions. Do you is the question I have for this audience? Does Matt F’s personal attacks on my character invalidate any of my comments here? You decide that now, I already have obviously. Have a nice day.

  • Chris M. Gaines
    Posted at 17:27h, 28 June

    Our prayers and sympathy go out to the Larry Rennels family and friends.

    RIP Larry Rennels
    Mayor of Charleston