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AFPF IL: Citizen Watchdog Training – Collinsville, IL. – Oct 24, 2015 –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 7, 2015

Most Illinoisans pay more in property taxes to fund local government than they do in state income tax. Are you curious to know more about how local governments in your area are spending your money? Do you think there is waste or fraud in your local governments? Do you want to learn the tools necessary for uncovering improper spending in your communities? Join Americans for Prosperity Foundation & the Edgar County Watchdogs in Collinsville on Saturday, October 24th and learn how to find out!

Using publicly-available information and the state’s Open Meetings and Freedom of Information laws, you will learn how the Edgar County Watchdogs have made a huge difference in Illinois – and how you can, too! Our Citizen Watchdog Training is geared towards individuals who are curious to know where their money’s going. Citizen Watchdogs have used their skills to expose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption in their hometowns.

Over the last three years, more than 130 elected officials and bureaucrats have resigned or been removed because of the efforts of the Edgar County Watchdogs, two individuals from rural Edgar County (along the Indiana border south of Danville). These men merely seek to expose those who betray the public’s confidence. In fact, their amateur sleuthing has triggered multiple local, state, and federal investigations. Their work has been published in variety of publications and journals (here).

This training  will equip you to know where to look, what to look for, and what questions to ask. And you will meet others in your community who share a similar interest.

Location: Doubletree Hotel, Collinsville, IL  – 8 a.m. till noon


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  • Mike Rekart
    Posted at 10:40h, 22 October

    I really appreciate you guys doing this and I hope the folks in Illinois take advantage of this chance.
    Cya there.

  • Peg B
    Posted at 18:01h, 27 October

    This just came up on my e-mail and I am so sad to see that it was held on Oct. 24th. I missed it!!! I would love to attend one of these meetings. If you ever have another one please post it early so we will know about it. We need more watchdogs!!!!!

  • tracy smodilla
    Posted at 14:09h, 06 November

    Kirk and Jim:
    Please advise me on how area organizations can partner with you to bring more training to the greater Chicagoland area. You may contact me directly. Thanks for all your hard work and effort to bring truth and accountability back into governance!

  • Julia Lunnemann
    Posted at 09:41h, 09 November

    Would you please have another training session in our area? Carbondale or Marion, IL.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 10:59h, 09 November

      Working on it…