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Lerna residents – Question answered, thanks –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On September 10, 2015

Lerna, IL. (ECWd) –
UPDATE: We received a phone call from the person in the photo who claims to have not meant it as a threat, but more as a safety thing while we were down around E. St. Louis. He sounded sincere, so I consider this issue closed. As such, the photo and video have been deleted from this page.
For those that live in Lerna and were at the September village trustee meeting, please help identify this person.
This person communicated what I consider to be a threat to me after the meeting and I would appreciate knowing his name.
The threat consisted of a comment about “I have friends“, and “make sure you don’t get shot in the back” .
Any assistance is appreciated.
 

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17 Comments
  • Jim
    Posted at 07:58h, 10 September

    check and see who has DUI’s from Lerna, it don’t look like this guy is riding a bike to stay healthy

    • Beelady33
      Posted at 13:12h, 10 September

      very good observation Jim. I second that…why is he riding a bike? at night?

      • MyName
        Posted at 15:34h, 10 September

        He rides a bike everywhere, as well as wife walks to lerna from their home! (heard there grape vine).?
        House on the right, outside of lerna is who I heard that guy is?!?!
        Isn’t this the same guy that just built stuff n bought stuff in lerna? Sounds like this all went crazy

  • Amy bateman
    Posted at 09:34h, 10 September

    I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU RESIDENTS FROM EDGAR COUNTY ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN LERNA…..OOO YA..NOW I REMEMBER. .YOU OR SHOULD.I SAY THE PERSON WHO LOST TO MAYOR..HAS PEOPLE STIRRING UP CRAP!! YOU ONLY BLAST THIS CRAP BECA– USE COLES.COUNTY ASKED YOU TO LEAVE.OUR MEETING AND NOT COME BACK!! OUR MAYOR DON HAS BEEN MAYOR FOR MANY MANY YEARS! ! HE’S A AWSOME MAN WHO ALWAYS GOES OVER AND BEYOND FOR THE RESIDENTS HERR IN LERNA. . DON ..OUR MAYOR..INGS THE ONE WHO EVEN CALLED COLES.COUNTY BECA– USE HE DIDN’T WANY ANY PROBLEMS, BECA– USE THERE WERE SO ANY RESIDENTS FROM LERNA AT THE MEETING BACKING HIM UP OVER ALL THIS STUPIDITY AND CAOS YOU ALL HAVE ATARTED..GET A LIFE!! OUR LIFE IN LERNA IS GREAT!!

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 10:06h, 10 September

      I can’t decipher what you have written. I doubt if others can either, but I will post it anyway.

      • Beelady33
        Posted at 13:12h, 10 September

        Wow, no kidding…Amy, girl, you need a class in remedial spelling and that CAPS lock is not for constant use. Who the heck could read all that nonsense?

  • Just asking
    Posted at 12:27h, 10 September

    Is there a meth problem in Lerna?

    • MyName
      Posted at 15:35h, 10 September

      What??? That’s wrong bro!!

  • nope
    Posted at 15:17h, 10 September

    I’m just curious. Where is your proof of him saying this?

  • Just the translator lol
    Posted at 15:26h, 10 September

    Let me translate Amy Bateman’s post for you all just don’t kill the messenger!! lol Oh…and I promise not to use all caps 🙂 “I don’t understand why you residents from Edgar County are so worried about what is going on in Lerna. Oh yeah…now I remember! You, or should I say the person who lost to the mayor, have people stirring up crap! You only blast this crap because Coles County asked you to leave our meeting and not come back!! Our mayor, Don, has been mayor for many many years!! He’s an awesome man who always goes above and beyond for the residents here in Lerna. Don, our mayor, isn’t even the one who called Coles County because he didn’t want any problems. There were so many residents from Lerna at the meeting backing him up over all this stupidity and chaos you all have started. Get a life!! Our life in Lerna is great!!”
    Now, keep in mind, I do not have the best grammar in the world but I tried the best I could to decipher what was being said and make it where it at least made some sense. i think her schooling failed her lol.

  • Kevin
    Posted at 15:39h, 10 September

    Hope this person isn’t speaking for everyone in Learna. Might want to proof read things you write before hitting that send button.

  • MyName
    Posted at 15:46h, 10 September

    Not understanding who posted this?
    Not understanding what has happened here!? Why don’t the picture and video taker speak up or something.!?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 15:53h, 10 September

      I wrote the article and explained why I wanted the name. Am I missing something?

  • SupportLerna
    Posted at 10:59h, 11 September

    I voted for and support the Lerna Mayor. He works very hard to make this community presentable. Lots of properties are un-kept and non-maintained. So here is a man, our Lerna Mayor, who mows yards; mows along the main road; rides around town multiple times day and night, and does so because he cares about his village. We have a Pleasant Grove Township Supervisor/Road Commissioner who maintains roads in his neighborhood only and then tries to not do his job because it is too cold, roads have snow or ice, or his employee ditched the snow plow. Unlike the Pleasant Grove Township Supervisor, our Lerna Mayor is ONE OF A KIND who truly CARES ABOUT HIS VILLAGE.
    Threatening any village, city, municipal, state, or federal official is illegal. The individual making threats at a village meeting should be asked to leave. If individuals attending the meeting felt threatened, then calling county law enforcement is valid.
    Finally, a comment for Edgar County Watchdog. Ruffle the feathers of your own communities within your own county. Leave Coles County to deal with their own.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 12:13h, 11 September

      I am so happy that you voted for someone who commits a crime against the very people he swore to serve, every day he goes to work, simply by going to work as the maintenance man while he is also the mayor.
      Damn the rule of law, it doesn’t apply because you’ve always done it this way…

  • Tired of all this
    Posted at 12:21h, 11 September

    Does this boil down to writing… Or rewriting… A contract saying that the mayor and the maintenance person are one in the same? I mean, 5 minutes on a word document and some signatures and this is done, right?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 13:30h, 11 September

      No. The Illinois Municipal Code states the duties and responsibilities of the mayor/president. Because the mayor would still be in a contract with himself..additionally, you cannot change the compensation of an elected official during their term of office.
      Plus, he would still be working for himself – can’t happen.

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