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Clark County Parks’ Charity Murphy caught failing to pay for boat fuel –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 16, 2015

Clark Co., IL. (ECWd) –

After considerable delay, the FOIA request for copies of the fuel sales sheets were provided to us. Just as we had been informed of, Charity Murphy had charged boat fuel to her campsite (this was prior to screwing the taxpayers out of the annual campsite rental fees) on May 5, 2015.

Park Security, Mike Church, was the person in charge of the fuel pump at the time and should be held accountable.

Just so we get this straight for you: At the same time she is setting up her own employees for failure, she is stealing from the Park District that employs her. I say stealing because it is stealing when she obtained park district fuel without paying for it. Just think about this for a minute – the majority of the board were ignorant enough to give her two pay raises this year, and it would not surprise me if they try and give her free fuel as an additional “incentive’ and as a reward for breaking the law now that we have outed her disgraceful ways.

Charging boat fuel to her campsite is a crime and is a violation of the following:

– Park District Policy

Nothing in park district policy allows any campsite renter to charge fuel to their campsite.

– Illinois Constitution, Article VIII, Section 1(a):

(a) Public funds, property or credit shall be used only for public purposes.

– Park District Code

This relates to the Mandamus letter that was sent earlier this year. She was certainly made aware of it. She violated Park District Code (70ILCS 1205/4-6)

Sec. 4-6. No member of the board of any park district, nor any person, whether in the employ of said board or otherwise, shall have power to create any debt, obligation, claim or liability, for or on account of said park district, or the monies or property of the same, except with the express authority of said board conferred at a meeting thereof and duly recorded in a record of its proceedings.

– Illinois Criminal Code, Official Misconduct

Official Misconduct (a)(2) Knowingly performs an act which he knows he is forbidden by law to do so.

She knew this was wrong especially after receiving the latter earlier this year.

Official Misconduct (a)(3) With intent to obtain a personal advantage for himself or another, he performs an act in excess of his lawful authority.

This doesn’t say she has to KNOW what she is doing is wrong. Just that she did do it to obtain an advantage. It was certainly to her advantage, as she was never allowed to charge fuel before. Other campsites are not allowed to charge fuel to the campsite. The only people [currently] “allowed” to charge are adjoining property dock lessees! – and even that policy violates the Constitution and the Park District Code, and needs to be changed to disallow any charging of any fuel for any reason.

–  Illinois Criminal Code, theft of government property

Theft 720 ILCS 5/16-1 (a) A person commits theft when he or she knowingly:

1.)    Obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property of the owner;

(1.1)   Theft of property not from the person and not exceeding $500 in value is a Class 4 Felony if the theft was committed in a school or place of worship or if the theft was of government property.


She should take herself to the Sheriff Department and file a criminal complaint on herself, after getting PDRMA to assist her in writing the complaint against herself.

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  • Sick of it all....
    Posted at 12:16h, 16 June

    What’s it going to take for the people of Clark County to stand up as a group and demand that the State’s Attorney (or whoever has the guts to do their job,) file charges against this woman?? And WHY is she still employed by the Park District?? Just think how much better the Park District could be if all that money that she’s used for personal reasons, or given away or taken as perks, was actually used FOR the Park District?!! I just don’t understand how these people stay on these boards and how the State’s Attorney stays in office… seems like Clark County is paying a LOT of money for absolutely no results….At least no good results. I haven’t seen anything that disproves what you’ve posted, so I have to believe that it is indeed facts that you’re posting here. I’m sure there will be someone that will reply that you’re just out to get this Charity Murphy, but they won’t have anything to prove what you’re saying is wrong…..

  • Warren J. Le Fever
    Posted at 12:57h, 16 June

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse……

  • ljarratt
    Posted at 13:19h, 16 June

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    Posted at 13:19h, 16 June

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    Posted at 13:19h, 16 June

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    Posted at 13:19h, 16 June

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  • offended
    Posted at 14:23h, 16 June

    Why does this sound familiar? Oh yeah, it sounds almost identical to Deana at Arcola Township. Free gas, pay raises, so on and so on.

  • Purple Raider
    Posted at 15:43h, 16 June

    jmkraft,why didn’t the board just give Charity Murphy a credit card like the one Mark Nacke(Rd. Comm.)gave Deana here in Arcola?Did Murphy’s raise amount to $4500.00?Some ask “With a new Boardmember,that just happens to be hand picked by Mark and Deana,what new “incentives” will Deana get”?Sure seems like more and more these boards are running roughshod over the taxpayer!

  • Dennis
    Posted at 16:35h, 16 June

    Did you notice the fuel sheet beginning and ending balance? That would equate to one gallon sold. So ho does this get reconciled in the office when there were over 19 gallonsbof fuel logged?

  • nellie
    Posted at 18:38h, 16 June

    Did she use her own boat to check lake ?
    If she used her boat to check lake then its like a road commisoner checking roads .
    And its allowed?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 18:54h, 16 June

      If she used her own boat to “check the lake” why would she need to “charge it to the campsite” instead of writing “fuel for checking lake” on the form?

  • nellie
    Posted at 19:08h, 16 June

    She charged has she paid the bill yet

  • homer
    Posted at 08:18h, 17 June

    John reading this again why is charging gas a crime what you show is charity charge is doesnt say charity charge to campsite as always you are word krafting again

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 11:36h, 17 June

      Nothing shows in the financial reporting for that “purchase” amount either on that day or after that day. She charged it to her campsite. People that charge to credit cards show up in the accounting as “credit card”. The rest of the article explains why charging to the campsite is a crime, but them it will never be a conviction as long as the patsies with the board majority keep letting things like this happen.

  • Sick of it all....
    Posted at 11:50h, 17 June

    I bet she thinks she’s allowed to charge to her campsite, since only campsite RENTERS aren’t allowed to. Since she hasn’t paid rent, then maybe she figures this doesn’t apply to her!!?? This park district and the board is just so sad…….. and the people of Clark County apparently don’t mind paying for all her recreation…. Makes me want to move to Marshall area and get on the board….. I could use a free campsite and free gas to go boating around the lake……and obviously not much in office work, since she has time to camp but not to do her job and answer FOIA requests… Oh, and Nellie, it really doesn’t matter much if she has now paid the charged gas bill… it was illegal to charge it in the first place! And if she isn’t aware of the park rules, she needs to find another job! Seems that would be a pretty obvious rule that everyone should know.

  • homer
    Posted at 15:39h, 17 June

    John I still dont see where is charged specificaely to campsite